In his State of the City address, New York’s Mayor Bloomberg discussed requiring 20% of parking spaces to be equipped for electric vehicle charging.
He said he would work with the City Council to amend the building code and require up to 20 percent of all new public parking spaces be set up for electric vehicle charging, which could lead to “10,000 parking spots for electric vehicles over the next seven years.”
The Bloomberg administration said many details of the proposed building code revision, including how many wired spaces would be required in new lots or garages, have yet to be worked out. As initially outlined, the requirement will focus on installing electrical conduit during the construction phase that can easily be threaded with wiring, not actually requiring chargers. Those units could go in as demand increased, the city said. New York City has 100 public charging stations, the administration said, and at least 50 will be added this year.