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He also wants to ban styrofoam

New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg is expected to bring some new ideas to the table at his State of the City address, including a push for more electric vehicle (EV) parking.

At the State of the City address, which will take place today at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, Mayor Bloomberg will propose the addition of parking spaces specifically for EVs. In fact, he wants 20 percent of any new parking added to the city to be EV-only, where the appropriate charging cables will be available for an easy hook-up. The city makes about 10,000 new spots annually.

Residents have already started speaking out about the idea, either saying that there aren't enough EVs in the city to justify the proposal or that it will likely increase adoption.


Mayor Bloomberg has been a major EV advocate in NYC. In 2007, he set a goal to make 13,000 of NYC's taxi's hybrids by 2012 in a project called the "Taxi of Tomorrow." In 2011, Mayor Bloomberg and Nissan Americas Chairman Carlos Tavares announced that the Nissan NV200 had been selected as the "Taxi of Tomorrow."

By the end of 2011, it was announced that the city would receive six Nissan Leaf EV taxis in 2012.

In addition to his EV push, Mayor Bloomberg will also propose the banning of styrofoam and the increase of recycling by 30 percent by 2017 at today's State of the City address.

The proposals will have to be approved by City Council, which could take a couple of months.

Source: CBS New York



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RE: EVs make sense for City
By jimbojimbo on 2/14/2013 3:14:46 PM , Rating: 1
True. When I lived in Chicago I looked at buying a Volt since there was a parking structure less than a block away with dedicated electric charging stations and just for EVs. However, there was never a guarantee that they would be available so therefore no guarantee you'll be able to charge your car. I bought a normal car and over the following year noticed that only one EV car was ever in them or due to the lot becoming full someone would park a normal car there, like I had to. Make 20% of parking for EV only and you'll get a lot of empty parking spots and pissed off drivers.
Does Bloomberg know who's going to be paying for all that electricity?


By Philippine Mango on 2/14/2013 10:45:57 PM , Rating: 2
yeah but it's for NEW parking...


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