Mayor Bloomberg wants NYC to be more electric vehicle friendly

In his State of the City address, Mayor Michael Bloomberg is pushing for New York City to provide more parking spaces for electric vehicles, according to reports.

The New York City mayor, known for his crusades against sugary soft drinks and public tobacco use, said he wants a pilot program for fast-charging electric vehicle charging stations.

“We’ll make New York City a national leader in another new technology: Electric vehicles. This year we’ll pilot curbside vehicle chargers that will allow drivers to fill up their battery in as little as 30 minutes as opposed to the normal 8 hours,” Bloomberg said in his prepared remarks.

He said his administration plans to work with the city council to alter the building code to provide for 20 percent of all the new public parking spaces in private developments to be wired for electric vehicle charging. This could mean up to 10,000 parking spots for electric vehicles in the next 7 years.

Furthermore, the mayor said he would add 50 more electric cars to the city’s fleet and introduce the first six all-electric taxis onto New York City streets. New York City will electrify the vehicles of one-third of its taxi fleet by 2020, according to the mayor’s prepared remarks.

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