New York Mayor Bloomberg has decided to build an extensive infrastructure of electric vehicle charging stations throughout the boroughs of NYC. There are powerful trends driving this decision. For instance, electric vehicle (EVs) batteries are undergoing a significant learning curve as did the MOS/LSI chips with electronic calculators. Now EVs are cheaper to drive than gas vehicles since electricity costs less per driver mile than gasoline.
Throughout this century, oil supplies will be depleting and the practicality of EVs will be even more evident. Besides being more cost effective, EV charging at parking spaces will provide a much needed economic boost to neighborhoods throughout the boroughs.
Sales of plug-in vehicles have been growing steadily in recent years as the population in the United States gets larger and the retiree population begins to explore cheaper alternatives to the gas guzzlers now on the road.
Since more people are expected to adopt EVs as a viable alternative in the coming years, the electronic neighborhood infrastructure must be put into place to service the tremendous demand. In addition, EVs are cheaper to maintain since they are lighter with a simpler design for access by mechanics.
Power generating companies like overnight charging of electric vehicles because overnight charging stabilizes the distribution system so that the load is not experienced all at one time.
There is a dual benefit for consumers. The migration to EVs will begin to reduce the demand for gasoline thereby lowering gas prices proportionately. In addition, battery electrics require very little servicing beyond tires and wiper blades.
There is even a benefit for consumers in the aftermath of major storms. As seen with Hurricane Sandy, distribution gas outlets were down for weeks after the storm while electric power was restored on a more timely basis.
In addition, gasoline is flammable at the fill-up station. This is the reason motorists are asked to shut off their running engines while filling up. In addition, patrons are asked not to smoke while filling up in order to reduce the likelihood of explosions at the pump. Clearly, the safety advantages of EV charging at parking spaces are vastly improved over the dangers of filling up at the gasoline pump.
Improvements to the solar energy technology this century will make EV fill ups at parking spaces even cheaper because the energy source (the sun) is virtually costless and limitless.
Electric vehicles are here to stay. The cost benefits and ease of maintenance far outweigh the conventional gas guzzlers at the gas pump and repair service stations. Mayor Bloomberg's decision to go ahead with EV infrastructure construction at parking spaces is farsighted and clearly in the public interest.