If New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg gets his way, and he often does, electric vehicle range issues like those reported in the New York Times' Tesla road test may soon be a thing of the past, at least in The Big Apple. Bloomberg is calling for the city to install 10,000 curbside EV charging stations by 2020, and he wants to implemement a change in building codes to require chargers at a minimum of 20% of spaces in new parking garages. Also, since most people don't park at public street spaces for very long, so he wants the curbside chargers to be the high capacity double charger type that can juice up your battery in just 30 minutes.
This move marks a shift for Bloomberg, who has often tried to make life tougher for NYC drivers by gobbling up car lanes to put in bike lanes, along with his failed plan to charge drivers entering Manhattan. I guess he makes an exception for greener electric cars, although I wonder how many regular parking spaces will be turned into 'EV only' spots.
Bloomberg will be out of office in less than a year, so it looks like he's pushing out his final round of pet projects. It'll be interesting to see how much of it lasts once he's no longer there to move it along.