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Curbside electric car chargers coming to Park Slope

Blueprint: The city plans to install 100 electric car charging stations around New York, including six in Park Slope, by the end of the year.
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Park Slope is juicing up!

City transportation gurus unveiled their plan to bring electric car charging stations to Park Slope by year’s end at a June 20 meeting of Community Board 6, arguing that dedicated curbside chargers are necessary to facilitate carbon-free vehicles.

“The purpose is to encourage [electric vehicle] ownership, because people feel like they have range anxiety,” said Department of Transportation rep Susan McSherry. “They may want an electric vehicle, and they’re very concerned about climate change, and they’re very concerned about air quality, but they don’t know where to charge their car.”

The plan is part of an effort to build 100 curbside charging ports citywide — including six for Park Slope — as a pilot program for a possible future expansion. The stations, which are capable of charging two cars simultaneously, would occupy two parking spaces each and provide juice at competitive rates, according to McSherry.

“The cost will be by time. You’ll pull in, and it will charge by the hour,” she said. “It will be a charge cost comparable to gasoline.”

Department reps estimated that cars would occupy the spaces for between four and eight hours to fully charge, depending on the type of vehicle and the size of the battery. Internal combustion vehicles — or electric cars that overstay their welcome — would be subject to a $115 ticket for parking in a “no standing” zone.

The city is currently studying five locations for the new charging stations, including:

• Fifth Avenue and 13th Street

• Fourth Avenue and First Street

• Seventh Avenue and Seventh Street

• Prospect Park West and Fifth Street

• Prospect Park West and 10th Street

Those locations, which were selected based on criteria including median income, travel data, and ownership of electric vehicles, have not been finalized, and the city is still working to identify a sixth and final location, according to McSherry.

The pilot project is being developed in partnership with Con Edison, which is picking up the tab for construction of the stations, according to McSherry, who said the charging ports would be operational by next fall.

The electricity used by the stations will be generated by fossil fuels, but department officials argue that electric vehicles emit less carbon dioxide than their gas-burning counterparts, which will help reach the city’s goal of cutting greenhouse gas emissions to 20 percent of current levels by 2050.

Reach reporter Aidan Graham at agraham@schnepsmedia.com or by calling (718) 260–4577. Follow him at twitter.com/aidangraham95.
Updated 12:07 pm, June 26, 2019
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Reasonable discourse

Charles from Bklyn says:
More parking spaces taken for the greater good. When do regular car owners get relief? Who speaks for the people who cannot afford private parking spaces? Who need to ferry elderly relatives to hospital? Or small landlords who need to transport supplies? For small contractors who need to drive to jobs? For people who only can commute by car? Fairness is being thrown out the window by our government, and car owners need to stand up and protect the fundamental right to park on the public streets.
June 26, 8:19 am
Sam says:
Fundamental right? Or fundamental habit?
June 26, 12:24 pm
Local from Here says:
I’m looking at buying an electric car, but I’ve been waiting for the prices to drop and for more charging stations to come online. Glad to see the city moving things along.
June 26, 2:50 pm
Charles from Bklyn says:
Fundamental right to travel.
June 26, 3:14 pm
Rufus Leaking from BH says:
Agenda 21. Get on the bus comrade. The same clowns who whine about storing private property are fine when Smart Car gets reserved parking spots in the Heights. City for $ale! Where are we going to put the dead batteries from electric cars?
June 26, 9:12 pm
Tal Barzilai from Pleasantville, NY says:
Although I do support having charging station for electric cars, I feel that there are places that they could have been placed without having to take away any parking spaces from others.
June 27, 6 am
t from bath beach says:
There is always a but. The power to generate these cars will come from fossil fuel. Another feel good thing for community board 6 to oblige with in the long run that wont make a difference till the technology on recharging improves. I agree with the above feedback that better locations for these charging stations and ignoring of the parking situation is resulting from tone deaf politicians not responsive to local opinion.
June 27, 10:11 am
Jack from Brooklyn says:
More free parking for the placard class!
June 27, 5:53 pm
Carol-ann from Brooklyn from Park Slope says:
I live in Park Slope all my life. I pay for a parking garage monthly and with all the bike stations and now electric car charging spots,regular parking spaces are becoming scarce. People are parking in front of my driveway and I can't get a police officer to come and give them a ticket in order to get them towed because it's not a priority and I have to sit and wait for sometimes 2 hours for a police officer to come and give them a ticket, by that time the person's getting in that car and tell me I'm sorry I was in the restaurants having dinner, do you not see the five signs that say no parking active driveway, I'm sorry I needed a parking space. So your accommodating everyone else but the people who drive their cars to work,Dr.appts, kids to school everyday and when they come home they have no parking spaces. There are people actually parking in front of fire hydrants to go to a restaurant for dinner and nothing is done about that. So go ahead take a few more spots for something else forget about the people who have regular cars that need to find parking spaces, go for the bikes go for the electric cars go for the rental cars that now have parking spots with people can go pick them up. Park Slope is not what it used to be 25-30 years ago. And if I hear one more person tell me I'm a left over there going to become a left over.
June 27, 6:41 pm
Henry Finkelstein from Sheepshead Bay says:
Watch out for summer brown outs. Residents will soon have to choose between late nite air conditioning and charging up their electric cars. de Blasio doesn't care. He's put campaigning somewhere else.
June 27, 7:16 pm
Marion Francis from Kensington says:
Let the charging wars begin.
June 27, 7:17 pm
TOM from Sunset Park says:
I was in a Manhattan parking-garage in Chelsea last night and it was equipted to charge two cars inside but there were no cars being charged. In Ireland the charging stations are in local petrol stations. Let's see if there is demand for these few before we get into a bigger roll-out. You never know, the early buyers of EVs just might have private charging stations at home. That's the ideal but not really practical in NYC. Anyway EVs are not selling.
June 29, 4:57 pm

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