In 2019, we learned that curbside electric car charging stations would soon be lining the streets of NYC. Following a proposal by the Department of Transportation and Con Ed, a pilot program – initially known as “Curbside Electric Vehicle Charging Pilot” – was approved by Community Board 7, allowing three charging stations to be installed on the UWS.
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Following the last CB7 meeting on Tuesday, December 7, another two charging stations have been approved for the neighborhood, under the updated program name, PlugNYC.
The two new charging stations will be located at:
- 76th between Columbus and Amsterdam Ave (north side of street)
- 84th between Columbus and Amsterdam Ave (north side of street)
“It’s a logical next step in getting our air cleaner. Electric cars are the future,” said board member Andrew Albert right before the vote, which saw unanimous approval without debate.
While no timetable was given for the installation of the new charging stations, they will function like those previously approved. Each will serve two electric cars, with prices running at $1/hour from 7pm-7am and $2.50/hour from 7am-7pm.
Tuesday’s approval brings the grand total to five approved charging stations (and ten total ports) on the Upper West Side. As of writing, only one has been installed (at 4 West 93rd Street). A representative from CB7 said the COVID pandemic delayed installation of the other two previously approved stations; these are slated to be installed on West End Ave between 66th and 70th streets and on 86th between West End and Riverside Drive. A full list of charging stations in the five boroughs can be found here.
To use the PlugNYC program, drivers download the Flo app, upload their credit card information, and then scan their smartphone or ‘tap card’ at the Flo/PlugNYC charging station. Users can also pay through the website.
A representative from CB7 told ILTUWS that “the next step is for DOT to move forward with the installation.”
Flo is regarded one of the leading North American charging networks. “Every month, FLO and its parent company, AddEnergie enable hundreds of thousands charging events, thanks to over 45,000 high-quality stations deployed on public networks, commercial and residential installations,” according to Flo’s website.
So will the adjacent street parking spaces be fore battery powered cars only?
How fast can these particular chargers recharge a Chevy Bolt or Nissan Leaf III from 20% to 90%? (Those are largely the equivalent of a Tesla Model 3 but they don’t have any of the Tesla 3’s massive quality control problems.)
This is so great! It will be very beneficial to the environment because we won’t have to rely on polluting petroleum, coal, gas or even the worst, nuclear anymore. You just plug in to one of these things and then go!