New York City supports the use of electric vehicles, which offer a cleaner form of transportation than gasoline or diesel-fueled vehicles.

In addition to reducing fuel costs, electric vehicles emit 70% less carbon dioxide emissions than an average vehicle. Pure battery electric vehicles also do not pollute from tailpipes. This reduces overall pollution and makes New York City streets cleaner.

Learn more:

Online

Learn more about New York City's environmental sustainability efforts.

By Phone

Call 311 for assistance.

The Federal government offers a Federal tax rebate of up to $7,500 (based on the battery size) on the purchase of electric vehicles. Also, many electric vehicles are allowed to use high occupancy vehicle lanes on the Long Island Expressway, regardless of the number of passengers.

Learn about electric vehicle Federal tax incentives.

Learn about the New York State Clean Pass Vehicle program.

There are public chargers available in all 5 boroughs. They are primarily located in parking lots and garages. These chargers are privately owned, so pricing varies. If a nearby garage does not offer electrical vehicle charging, ask the garage if it would be willing to let you plug into a standard electrical outlet.

Find locations of public electric vehicle chargers.

Electric Vehicle Charger Home Installation

Chargers for electric vehicles require a direct connection to an electrical panel in a home. A licensed electrician must complete the installation and can handle the permit requirements associated with the installation.

Reducing Electricity Costs for Vehicle Charging

Traditionally, customers pay for electricity based on a flat rate which means that the cost of electric is the same no matter what time the electricity is used. 

The most economical way to charge an electric vehicle is by using “late night electricity”, which makes electricity used during overnight hours cheaper, and electricity used during the day more expensive.

Homeowners can take advantage of late night electricity billing by adding a second electric meter or by choosing to pay for electricity based on “time of use”.