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ChargePoint Applauds New York City Mayor Bloomberg's Call for EV Readiness


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CAMPBELL, CA--February 15, 2013: New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg has laid out a bold plan to make 20 percent of new New York City parking spaces electric vehicle (EV) ready. ChargePoint congratulates Mayor Bloomberg for his vision.

“New York is taking a bold and proactive step to minimize the overall cost of establishing adequate charging supply and drive adoption of electric vehicles”

Mayor Bloomberg laid out his plan today in his State of the City address. It calls for the creation of 10,000 EV ready spaces over the next seven years. New York is a leader in EV adoption rates, with 2,598 registered vehicles as of January, 2013, up 76 percent from just three months ago.

"New York City is one of the leading markets for electric vehicles in the United States," said Pat Romano, president and CEO of ChargePoint, Inc. "Mayor Bloomberg's leadership will prepare New York City for the broad adoption of EVs. Under the Mayor's leadership, New York City is embarking on a comprehensive and bold effort to drive EV adoption in the city. The Mayor's initiative to prepare "make ready" sites in parking garages for electric vehicles will lower the cost of critical EV charging infrastructure needed in New York City."

Electric vehicles will play a key role in reducing our dependency on foreign oil while improving air quality and reducing greenhouse gas emissions. ChargePoint is the world's largest EV charging network with more than 11,000 EV charging spots installed. ChargePoint is the leading provider of EV charging in the city of New York with nearly 200 EV charging stations already installed. ChargePoint has worked with private garage owners and commercial hosts to pilot Level 2 charging throughout the state of New York.

"New York is taking a bold and proactive step to minimize the overall cost of establishing adequate charging supply and drive adoption of electric vehicles," said Paul Wessel, executive director, Green Parking Council, a non-profit organization providing leadership and oversight for the green conversion of parking facilities to sustainable, environmentally responsible assets. "Providing parking facilities with Level II EV charging is a critical way to foster the rapid development of electric vehicles. Every month, the number of EV drivers continues to increase. Offering EV charging services in garages is currently a competitive advantage, but soon it will be as essential as high-quality lighting. In 2012 alone, more than 50,000 new electric vehicles were sold in the United States."