But Who is going to Pay for It?
New York’s nanny Mayor Bloomberg is at it again. Now he wants to change building codes to require new parking facilities to have 20% of their spaces equipped with EV chargers. Read all about it here. I think the idea is great! — My only problem – just who is going to pay for it?
If I build a 500 car facility in the Big Apple, that means that I would be required to install 100 EV stations in my garage. That would increase the cost of my project what, $2.5 million (at $2500 per charging station). But I guess billionaire Bloomberg feels that’s a small price to pay.
The next question, of course, is how do I allocate those spaces? Do I reserve them only for EV’s? Do I charge EV owners extra to park there? Do I turn away gas powered vehicles when I have 75 open EV spaces and the rest of my garage is full? How do I police it?
The article also notes that they are beginning a ‘test’ using Nissan Leafs as taxis. Let’s see, the Leaf has a range of 73 miles (EPA says so), and the average distance drives by a taxi in NYC is 180 Miles per 12 hours shift and you get an 80% charge in half an hour, and you would have to charge 3 times to get to that 180 miles so the taxi would be off the road an hour and a half during the 12 hour shift.
It would also mean that drivers would have to turn down many fares if the distance they were asked to drive (say to JFK or from the battery to the upper west side) was further than their current range.
It would seem that the city would do well to test vehicles that at a minimum met the requirements of the job, rather than testing a vehicle that based on cursory review of the stats, was doomed to fail.
I know that the crew supporting charging stations are already cancelling their subscriptions to PT because I deign to ask a few questions. Hey — bring it on? Give me a hint as to how these pure EVs make sense — A Prius, A Volt, sure — go for it. Extend your mileage and save the environment. But until there is a breakthrough in battery technology, I just shake my head.
By the way, I’m seeing a ton of Prius taxi’s in LA. And trust me I’m sure they drive more than 180 miles a shift out here.