The Big Apple is rolling out new turbo charging stations for electric cars in a Manhattan municipal parking garage Wednesday, in a new effort to cut charge times down to under an hour as officials slowly move the city’s vehicle fleet away from gasoline.
The four new “fast charging” outlets at the Delancey-Essex Municipal Garage on the Lower East Side will be able to charge the batteries in most electric cars up to 80 percent in under an hour, helping to combat long charge times that have slowed the adoption of electric cars.
The plugs 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 Department of Transportation.
Officials will also announce they plan to install another 24 turbo chargers at other city-owned garages over the next year. All told, 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.
Currently, New Yorkers out and about in their electric cars had to depend on an 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.
Electric cars have exploded in popularity — with 5,000 of the 16,000 currently registered in the city purchased in the last year, according to the DOT. That’s just a fraction of the two million-plus cars citywide.
But officials expect the demand for chargers to skyrocket as major US automakers like General Motors and Ford dramatically expand their electric offerings to better compete with Tesla — all while growing worries about climate change and pollution prod consumers away from gas.
To better handle the coming surge, the DOT 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.
The initial 24 stations are part of a previously announced pilot program to install 100 curbside chargers by next month as part of a four-year “demonstration,” which remains on schedule.