DCAS, DEP, and Con Edison Unveil the City’s 2,000th Electric Charging Port in Hunts Point, Bronx (2024)

May 6, 2024

NEW YORK—Today, the Department of Citywide Administrative Services (DCAS), in collaboration with the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) and Con Edison, announced the completion of six new electric vehicle fast chargers at the Bronx Wastewater Resource Recovery Facility in Hunts Point. The installation of these latest electric vehicle chargers signifies an important milestone – with 2,000 municipal charging ports installed citywide. This latest project underscores the city’s commitment to sustainable transportation infrastructure and marks a significant step forward in Mayor Adams’ “Hunts Point Forward” plan to bring cleaner air and fewer pollutants to the South Bronx.

DCAS, DEP, and Con Edison Unveil the City’s 2,000th Electric Charging Port in Hunts Point, Bronx (1)

DCAS, DEP, Con Edison, Bronx Borough President Vanessa Gibson, and Council Member Rafael Salamanca Jr celebrate the completion of the 2,000th fast charger.

“Last year, this administration made a commitment to the South Bronx that Hunts Point would be revitalized, and today, we’re taking a big step towards achieving that mission,” said New York City Mayor Eric Adams. “As we celebrate the City’s 2,000th electric vehicle charging port, right here in Hunts Point, we’re continuing to turn the tide on carbon emissions, ridding our communities of harmful fumes, and investing in greener, cleaner infrastructure in the places that need it most.”

“With the unveiling of these latest electric vehicle chargers, and over 2,000 installed citywide, we are not just investing in infrastructure, we are investing in a sustainable future for our city,” said DCAS Commissioner Dawn M. Pinnock. “This milestone achievement highlights our unwavering commitment to reducing carbon emissions in every corner of the city – including the heart of the South Bronx – and advances Mayor Adams’ vision for a greener, more resilient New York.”

“Greenhouse gas emissions are a significant contributor to climate change, so DEP is making tremendous investments to decarbonize our fleet and create a healthier, cleaner and more sustainable New York City,” said DEP Commissioner Rohit T. Aggarwala. “A third of DEP’s 324 charging ports have been activated in the past year, and we are on track to complete the installation of all electric vehicle charging infrastructure across the agency’s 100-plus facilities by 2027. We are thrilled to partner with DCAS and Con Ed as we continue to electrify and expand our EV fast charger network.”

“Through its PowerReady incentive program, Con Edison is supporting the buildout of a widespread network to bring electric vehicle charging to all New York City area drivers,” said Britt Reichborn-Kjennerud, Director, E-Mobility, Con Edison. “We are proud to support DCAS’ six new fast chargers at the Bronx Wastewater Resource Facility in Hunts Point, which will play an important role in advancing the electrification of the city’s fleet, and our region’s transition away from fossil fuels and towards a cleaner energy future.”

The newly unveiled facility boasts six fast chargers and represents a total project investment of $415,000. These six new 50 KW chargers not only support DEP's critical operations but also bolster the electrification of the city's fleet, which currently comprises over 5,000 plug-in electric units. DCAS now operates nearly 300 fast chargers citywide, further solidifying its position as a leader in fleet electrification efforts.

“Today’s announcement is a significant step forward towards supporting our borough’s EV infrastructure and modernizing our city’s vehicles,” said Bronx Borough President Vanessa L. Gibson. “I want to thank the New York City Department of Citywide Administrative Services, New York City Department of Environmental Protection and Con Edison for making electric vehicle charging a priority and look forward to seeing additional charging ports in our borough.”

“The unveiling of six new fast chargers at the Bronx Wastewater Resource Recovery Facility signifies our commitment to a more sustainable future,” said Council Member and Chair of the Committee on Environmental Protection, Resiliency and Waterfronts, James F. Gennaro. “With 2,000 municipal charging ports across the city, we’re not just envisioning a greener New York City – we are actively shaping it. This partnership between DCAS, DEP, and Con Edison exemplifies our collective commitment to fostering sustainable transportation infrastructure. Together, we are working towards a cleaner, more resilient tomorrow for all New Yorkers.”

“Historically, the South Bronx has always suffered from the highest rates of asthma due to industrial pollution. As someone who suffers from asthma myself, I welcome the news of six new charging stations being installed at the Hunts Point Wastewater Resource Recovery Facility that will continue to build on the City’s mission to have the greenest municipal fleet in the country,” said Council Member Rafael Salamanca Jr. “I thank the Department of Citywide Administrative Services, the Department of Environmental Protection, and Con Edison for working collaboratively to help address one of the biggest issues facing our Borough today.”

“The City fleet has surpassed two important thresholds this spring with more than 5,000 electric vehicles (EVs) and now 2,000 electric charging ports,” states DCAS Deputy Commissioner and NYC Chief Fleet Officer Keith Kerman. “These six fast chargers at Hunts Point, Bronx will help reduce vehicle emissions from the City fleet in support of Mayor’s Adams Hunts Point Forward initiative and advancing our environmental justice goals. We thank Con Edison for years of partnership in rolling out one of the nation’s largest EV charging networks and appreciate their recognition today and financial support through Power Ready of the DCAS fast-charging initiative.”

For the second year in a row, Con Edison has honored DCAS as the city’s top installer of fast charging, awarding DCAS a $25,000 award in recognition of the accomplishment. Additionally, through the PowerReady program, Con Edison has provided $1.4 million in incentives across 38 fast-charging sites and 109 plugs to date, with further investment and additional charging infrastructure projects currently underway. Collaboration between DCAS Fleet and Con Edison remains integral to the success of City fleet electrification, Together, they continually assess locations for electric chargers and extend electrical services as needed, ensuring the seamless integration of electric vehicles into the city's transportation network.

DCAS operates one of the largest single-operated charging networks in the United States, serving as a beacon of innovation and sustainability in the realm of municipal fleet management. DCAS has committed to installing 50% or more of the EV charging in environmental justice communities. DCAS use of electricity to power fleet transport has increased 359% in the last two years with another large increase expected for 2024.

About the NYC Department of Citywide Administrative Services

The NYC Department of Citywide Administrative Services (DCAS) makes city government work for all New Yorkers. Our commitment to equity, effectiveness, and sustainability guides our work, providing City agencies with the resources and support needed to succeed, including:

  • Recruiting, hiring, and training City employees.
  • Managing 55 public buildings.
  • Acquiring, selling, and leasing City property.
  • Purchasing over $1 billion in goods and services for City agencies.
  • Overseeing the greenest municipal vehicle fleet in the country.
  • Leading the City’s efforts to reduce carbon emissions from government operations.

Learn more about DCAS by visiting nyc.gov/dcas and by following us on X , Instagram , Facebook , LinkedIn , and listening to the Inside Citywide podcast.

About Con Edison

Con Edison is a subsidiary of Consolidated Edison, Inc. [NYSE: ED], one of the nation’s largest investor-owned energy companies, with approximately $15 billion in annual revenues and $67 billion in assets. The utility delivers electricity, natural gas and steam, and serves 3.7 million customers in New York City and Westchester County. For financial, operations and customer service information, visit conEd.com. For energy efficiency information, visit coned.com/energyefficiency.

DCAS, DEP, and Con Edison Unveil the City’s 2,000th Electric Charging Port in Hunts Point, Bronx (2024)


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