Now in his third and final term as mayor of New York City, Michael Bloomberg delivered what will be his last state of the city address to New Yorkers. The take away was to further green the city, with more recycling plans and similar such initiatives, but the big news was the mayor’s sweeping endorsement of electric cars, with plans to make taxis all electric and to add electric car charging parking spaces throughout the boroughs.
“We’ll work with the City Council to amend the Building Code so that up to 20 percent of all new public parking spaces in private developments will be wired and ready for electric vehicles, creating up to 10,000 parking spots for electric vehicles over the next seven years, said Bloomberg. The goal is aspirational and, if implemented as envisioned, New York City will have the most progressive programme in the country for electric vehicles.
Critics of the plan say it is too much too soon, pointing out that the plan assumes everyone will want an electric vehicle and be able to afford it. Also questioned is the long term future investment in electric cars, which is now in the nascent stage. Many electric vehicles can travel only 70 miles or so before needing to be charged. So unless major improvements are made on this end, the program most assuredly favours in town travel rather than long distance trips which, for many New Yorkers, is the main reason to keep a car in the city.