The Long-Term Planning and Sustainability Office coordinates and oversees efforts to develop and implement a strategic vision for the City's future working with City agencies and the Mayor's Advisory Board for Sustainability. Mayor Bloomberg has challenged all New Yorkers to take part in a conversation about how to transform New York City into a sustainable city by 2030 - an effort called PlaNYC. Workshop participants worked with the Planning and Sustainability Office in an attempt to better understand and address the policy and infrastructure obstacles facing the adoption of electric vehicles by New York City’s residents. The project will be centered on two major feasibility issues: the cost of electric vehicles, and the relative inconvenience of maintaining them in New York.
As electric cars become more common, New York’s utility systems need to ensure grid stability while also treating car owners fairly. With current gas prices, Con Edison’s flat electricity rate actually makes the fuel costs of an electric vehicle higher than those of a Prius or other high achieving hybrids. Well-designed time of use pricing can benefit both Con Edison and drivers. Lower priced late evening charging will make electric vehicles more affordable while increasing Con Edison’s net revenue. To make parking and charging electric cars more feasible, the Mayor’s Office can encourage local businesses in Downtown Brooklyn and West Queens to create charging locations, because projections indicate these areas as potential growth areas for electric car ownership.
Other important steps to making New York a more electric car friendly city are educating consumers, encouraging collaboration between all stakeholders, implementing complementary electricity initiatives (to encourage the purchase of sustainable electricity options), and collecting data about the use of electric cars in New York.