New York City has the nation’s largest hybrid vehicle fleet and the best access to public transportation in the United States. But the Big Apple and the state of New York are not stopping there.
Recently, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo also announced a multi-year commercial electric vehicle buyer incentive program. For individual drivers in New York, EVs could hold promise for the occasional driver that needs to run errands in the city, or the person looking for a cleaner commute. But where will commuters charge their cars? How will residents charge if they don’t even have a driveway? Where can commercial charging stations be set up in a city where space is already a rare commodity?
Solar One and the New York City Accelerator for a Clean and Renewable Economy (NYC ACRE) at Polytechnic Institute of New York University will take up this topic in their panel "EVs in NYC: What Roll-Out Strategies Work Best for the Big Apple?" on Wednesday, November 30, at 7 p.m. in Manhattan. To attend, please visit Clean Energy Connections.
The panel, moderated by Senior Manager of Smart Grid at GTM Research David Leeds, will include Brian Asparro, CFO of Green Charge Networks; John Shipman, Department Manager of Con Edison’s Electric Vehicle Programs; Anatol Feygin, Vice President, Energy Strategist at Loews Corporation; and Brett Gipe, Regional Sales Director for the Eastern U.S. and Canada for Smith Electric Vehicles, which just opened a plant in the Bronx. Opening remarks will be delivered by Christina Ficicchia, Executive Director of New York City and Lower Hudson Valley Clean Communities, and Keith Kerman, Deputy Commissioner for the New York City Department of Citywide Administrative Services (DCAS) and the city’s first Chief Fleet Officer.
While GTM Research has recently tackled the issue of EV technology in 2012 and beyond, this panel will be focused on the specific challenges that an urban area like New York City presents. The evening's discussion will explore fleet-based approaches for electric vehicles, charging infrastructure challenges, and the oft-maligned implications of the roll-out on grid-scale storage and reliability issues.
If you can’t make it to the Jerome L. Greene Performance Space in Manhattan, Greentech Media will be streaming the discussion live, and your comments can be part of the event. Leave your questions below this article to have them asked to the panelists. Tune back in on November 30, 2011 at 7:00 p.m. ET to watch a live stream of the panel on Greentech Media's homepage, and right in this article. You can also tweet your questions to @CleanECnyc, #cleanNRGx during the panel discussion.