On Wednesday, the Big Apple rolled out four new “fast charging” outlets at the Delancey-Essex Municipal Garage on the Lower East Side to help combat long charge times that have slowed the adoption of electric cars.
In an initiative to encourage more New Yorkers towards driving electric vehicles, the four new charging stations will be able to charge the batteries in most electric cars up to 80 percent in under an hour. This is a major update from the older “Level 2” network of 1,400 charging stations, which could take four hours or more to get their vehicles’ batteries back to an 80 percent charge.
The plugs will be able charge electric cars up to 80 percent in 30 minutes to an hour, at a cost of 35 cents per kilowatt-hour — and parking spots for the chargers will be reserved for electric cars, according to the city Department of Transportation. Officials also announced that they plan to install another 24 turbochargers at other city-owned garages over the next year. The city plans to install more than 80 of the fast-charging ports at its facilities around the five boroughs by the end of 2025.
“With the climate crisis upon us, it’s time to think bigger about how New York City can dramatically accelerate the adoption of electric vehicles,” said Commissioner Hank Gutman during the announcement.
As it stands, the authority will also announce plans to grow its network of curbside charging stations from the current 24 stations, each with two plugs, to 10,000 by 2030. However, those chargers will be of the slower “Level Two” variety.