Renderings reveal an electric vehicle charging garage at 401 West 42nd Street in Midtown, Manhattan
The Midtown Plaza parking lot will soon be converted into Manhattan’s first dedicated indoor electric vehicle charging site for public use. Located at 401 West 42nd Street, the street-level garage is designed to accommodate 29 vehicles and will be equipped with True Fast charging stations that recharge electric vehicle batteries faster than standard grade chargers.
The Midtown Plaza site plans were designed by local architect Jasmit Rangr for Gravity Inc., an infrastructure start-up that focuses on installing high-speed electric vehicle charging garages in dense city centers. like New York. Gravity estimates that the new facility will support the charging of around 600 electric vehicles per day, which includes its own fleet of all-electric yellow taxis.
The parking garage is currently owned by related companies. Rental terms and negotiations between Gravity and Related have not been made public, including how charging stations will be monetized when used.
Costs associated with installing the infrastructure and equipment necessary to connect the chargers to the city’s electricity grid will be funded in part by Con Edison’s EV PowerReady Infrastructure Incentive program, formerly known as the “Con Edison” program. Make-Ready ”. The $ 235 million program launched in July 2020 and offers cash incentives to offset the upfront costs of building and installing electric vehicle charging stations.
“Related is a champion of environmentally responsible design, construction and operation in real estate and remains committed to reducing the environmental footprint of our properties,” said Jeff Brodsky, vice president of Related Companies. “We are proud to be a part of this monumental moment by delivering truly fast and sustainable charging to Manhattan using gravity and its unique innovation. “
Gravity has researched hundreds of parking lots across New York City, analyzed their space and power constraints, and developed a portfolio of design solutions to adapt them to electric vehicle charging. The start-up hopes their solutions will become a reality for residents and drivers in the near future.
“This is a technological leap for big cities like New York that have struggled to meet the demand for charging in indoor garages with limited space,” said Gravity Founder and CEO Moshe Cohen. “We are opening the first True Fast Charging in Manhattan, and we are now ready to rapidly scale our solution across New York City and beyond. “
The Midtown Plaza Charging Center is currently under construction and is expected to debut this fall.
Subscribe to YIMBY daily email
To follow YIMBYgram for real-time photo updates
As YIMBY on Facebook
To follow YIMBY Twitter for the latest YIMBY news