The Role of Transportation in Climate Change

Climate change poses a major threat to our planet and our city. Barring dramatic action, New Yorkers will face severe sea level rise, extreme flooding, more frequent heat waves, and more intense storms. These impacts will place huge strains on our economy, our infrastructure, and our communities. In response, the City of New York is working to reduce the city’s greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions—the gases that trap heat in the atmosphere and contribute to global warming—80% by 2050.

Transportation is responsible for almost 30% of New York City’s GHG emissions, with most of these emissions coming from passenger cars. As part of the city’s climate action plan, we are encouraging New Yorkers who own cars to switch from traditional gas vehicles to electric models. Increasing the adoption of electric vehicles (EVs), along with promoting walking, biking, and transit, will reduce carbon emissions, as well as improve the city’s air quality and public health.

Promoting the Adoption of EVs: Expanding Charging

There has never been a better time to go electric. EVs are becoming much more affordable, battery range is increasing, and more and more models are hitting the market. Consumers in the U.S. can now choose from over 30 EV models and can buy vehicles with 200 miles of range per change for under $30,000 with federal tax incentives. Used EVs can be purchased for significantly less.

But to go electric, car owners need a way to charge their EVs. In New York, where many people park their cars at the curb and don’t have access to a home charger, that can be a challenge. To address this gap, the New York City Department of Transportation (NYC DOT) and the Mayor’s Office of Sustainability (MOS) are working with our partners to expand access to public EV charging across the five boroughs.

Curbside Level 2 Charging Project

In partnership with Con Edison, the NYC DOT will install 120 level 2 charging ports at curbside locations across the five boroughs. The chargers will be in place for four years as part of a demonstration project, which will include an evaluation. Con Edison is funding the project. Installation of the level 2 chargers is expected to begin in the fall of 2019.

NYC DOT is seeking input from public on where these chargers should be located and is consulting with local elected officials, community boards, and other stakeholders. If you would like an EV charger in your neighborhood, leave feedback on the map titled, "Where Should DOT Install Curbside EV Chargers?" If you represent a business that would like to request an EV charger, please use the "Request an EV Charger Outside Your Business" form.

FAQ: Curbside Level 2 Charging Project  

  1. Why is the City of New York promoting the adoption of electric vehicles? 
    Transportation is responsible for almost 30% of the city’s greenhouse gas emissions (GHGs), with most of these emissions coming from passenger cars. Increasing the number of electric vehicles in the five boroughs is an important part of the city’s effort to fight climate change by reducing GHG emission 80% by 2050. To learn more about the city’s efforts to reduce its carbon emissions, visit: www.nyc.gov/sustainability
      
  2. What is the level 2 EV charging? 
    Level 2 chargers provide an EV with a full charge in about 4-8 hours, depending on the vehicle’s battery size. EV owners typically use level 2 chargers for most of their charging needs. Level 2 is a good fit for charging while parked at home, at work, or curbside.
     
  3. What is the curbside level 2 charging project? 
    In partnership with Con Edison, NYC DOT will install 120 level 2 chargers at curbside locations across the five boroughs. The chargers will be in place for four years as part of a demonstration project. Con Edison is funding the project.  
     
  4. How will NYC DOT decide where to install curbside chargers? 
    NYC DOT, with input from Con Edison, will select curbside locations based on projected demand for charging, geographic diversity, and input from local elected officials and community stakeholders. You can also provide input on where you think chargers should go on this website. 
     
  5. Aren’t electric vehicles too expensive for many New Yorkers? 
    As battery prices fall, EVs are becoming much more affordable. Consumers in the U.S. can now choose from over 30 EV models and can buy vehicles with 200 miles of range per charge for under $30,000 with federal tax incentives. Used EVs can be purchased for significantly less. As EV technology continues to improve and sales grow, prices are expected to continue to fall. 

    There are tax credits, rebates, and other incentives available for EV buyers that can bring down the purchase price. 

    To learn more about New York State’s Drive Clean rebate visit: https://www.nyserda.ny.gov/All-Programs/Programs/Drive-Clean-Rebate

    To learn more about the federal government’s Plug-In Electric Drive Vehicle Credit visit: https://www.irs.gov/businesses/plug-in-electric-vehicle-credit-irc-30-and-irc-30d
     
  6. What types of electric vehicles will be able to use these chargers? 
    The level 2 chargers will come with a standard SAE J1772 connector that is compatible with most EVs. Tesla owners will be able to use the level 2 curbside chargers with an adapter that comes with each Tesla. 
     
  7. How will EV owners pay to the use the curbside level 2 chargers and how much will charging cost? 
    EV owners will pay for charging on a per hour basis, and the cost of charging will be competitive with the cost of gasoline for an internal combustion engine vehicle. Charging users will be able to pay by smartphone, by tap card, or on the program website. Further details on the pricing plan will be announced in spring 2019. 
     
  8. Will NYC DOT or Con Edison make a profit from the curbside level 2 charging project? 
    The revenues generated by the chargers are expected to cover only a portion of the project’s operating costs. As more and more New Yorkers buy EVs and demand for charging increases, curbside chargers could become revenue positive in the coming years. After the demonstration project is completed, NYC DOT will explore different models for expanding curbside charging.