New York has perhaps taken a big step towards endorsing an electric car future by installing its first EV charging station at the Brooklyn Bridge Park.

The station was donated by the Brooklyn-based Beautiful Earth Group and will operate completely autonomously as it is powered by solar panels which will produce 5.6 kilowatts of power – enough to charge five of Brooklyn Bridge Park’s service vehicles as well as an electric car and a small home. The station is expected to save the park approximately $200,000 in gasoline costs.

I suspect this station is rather early on the scene, an anomaly rather than accurate indicator of New York’s imminent future. The first lines of consumer EVs are only now starting to roll into showrooms, so it’s not like the demand is there yet. And it accordingly sounds like the station will be used far more to service park maintenance than the general public.

Building an actual EV infrastructure is by comparison a much longer way off, if we even choose to go that route at all. Still, the Brooklyn Park station works quite well on a symbolic level. If nothing else its high-profile location in a rapidly-improving park—located in one of America’s major cities to boot— is damn good publicity.

source: gas2