Connected Kerb selected by New York City Department of Transportation and Newlab for flagship EV charging pilot project, The DOT Studio, in New York City

Curb charging pilot will provide a blueprint for New York to roll out 10,000 street chargers by 2030, reducing emissions and improving air quality for millions

Connected Kerb, the UK-based electric vehicle (EV) infrastructure specialist, today announces that it has been selected to supply on-street EV chargers for a groundbreaking project in New York to demonstrate how public access to electric charging can take place. vehicles can increase EV ownership among the 50% of residents who park their cars on the street.[1]

This project is part of the DOT Studio – a collaboration between the New York City Department of Transportation (NYC DOT) and Newlab, focused on applying emerging technologies to inform planning, policy, operations, and real-time management of transportation in New York City. promote in line with the City’s Vision Zero and sustainability goals.

The findings of the pilot will lead to wider rollout of EV chargers in New York City, helping to achieve the goal of installing 10,000 on-street chargers by 2030 and electrifying 20% ​​of municipal parking bays by 2025.

Connected Curb is receiving funding to install its award-winning EV charging stations and is currently exploring locations in the Brooklyn Navy Yard to deliver a “living lab” that will showcase Connected Kerb’s “smart city” infrastructure. This includes using the company’s chargers – which also support a number of Internet of Things (IoT) and telecommunications applications – to show how the EV revolution can support the rollout of other advanced public access technology in urban environments. The planning and design of the pilot is now underway, with the aim of launching in the fall of 2022.

Steve Richardson and Nick Dobie, co-founders of Connected Kerb, said:

“There are approximately two million light vehicles in New York City, accounting for 80% of transportation emissions. New York City DOT has set ambitious goals to eliminate these emissions by driving electric vehicle adoption, and the DOT Studio project will provide a critical blueprint for providing industry-leading charging infrastructure to support that goal: the uptake of EVs supercharging. , reduce emissions and improve Public health.

“We are incredibly excited to partner with New York City’s DOT and Newlab to support the decarbonisation of the city’s transportation system. We are confident that this pilot will not only accelerate the roll-out of electric vehicle charging in New York, but also prove our technology in America and provide a springboard for future growth.”

Connected Curb has selected Charge Infrastructure, a division of Charge Enterprises (Nasdaq: CRGE), as the preferred installation supplier for this project. Charge Infrastructure provides end-to-end services for EV charging ecosystems, from project management to installation and maintenance.

New York’s EV ownership is expanding rapidly thanks to a wider choice of vehicles and improved technology. By 2021, there were approximately 15,000 EVs registered in the city, with more than 5,000 sold in 2020 alone. The Biden administration aims to have 50% of all new car sales in the US be electric by 2030.

However, publicly accessible EV charging infrastructure is slowing the EV transition in New York, a city where about 50% of private cars are parked on the street. Potential EV buyers report that easy access to charging is a major barrier to purchasing EVs.

The Newlab pilot project will provide a testing ground to solve this challenge by proving that accessible and reliable charging infrastructure can be deployed in some of New York’s most densely populated urban areas, where space is at a premium. It will also show that charging infrastructure can be adapted to local requirements, such as electrical standards and certifications.

The pilot is part of DOT’s ambition to steer the EV charging market before there is enough EV demand for the private sector to take over completely. This is critical to ensuring that chargers are distributed fairly across the city, rather than concentrated in high-income areas.

“Enabling greater adoption of electric vehicles is critical to achieving New York City’s net-zero goals, and we’re excited to partner with NYC DOT and Connected Curb through the DOT Studio to deliver the vision for a more sustainable, resilient and equitable city,” said Shaina Horowitz, VP Product and Programs at Newlab. “We expect the pilot to provide valuable data on how to deploy electric car charging infrastructure most effectively in densely populated areas and enable scalable use of electric vehicles, potentially impacting both NYC and cities around the world.”

Three charge point providers – Connected Kerb, and Voltpost – are participating and collaborating on the project.

Connected Curb was selected for the project in June 2022 due to the flexibility of its charging infrastructure – often integrated into street furniture such as bollards – and the ability to integrate other smart technologies, such as 5G, Internet of Things (IoT) and air quality sensors, to demonstrate how to integrate electric vehicle charging with other critical smart infrastructure deployments needed in urban areas.

The power infrastructure of Connected Kerb’s chargers is also installed underground, providing longer life by protecting critical infrastructure and allowing the company to add more above-ground outlets as demand increases in the future.

SOURCE: Connected curb

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