The City of Boston has announced plans to increase the volume of electric vehicle (EV) charging stations. The City is looking for a partner to help install and expand City-owned publicly-accessible charging stations.
The announcement coincides with the City’s goal of ensuring that every household is within a 10 minute walk of a publicly accessible EV charger by 2030.
In order to achieve this goal, the City has suggested a number of solutions to increase access and availability to chargers. One step that has been taken, is that the Boston city’s FiscalYear 2024 budget includes an increased investment for EV charging equipments as well as an additional $700,000 in funds for EVs, totalling $1.35 million.
Michelle Wu, mayor of Boston, said:
“With rapidly advancing technology and subsidies from federal and state sources, electric vehicles can be affordable for families looking for a cleaner, greener alternative, but we must develop the public charging infrastructure to ensure accessibility across all our communities,”
“As we work to improve multimodal transportation access across walking, biking, and public transit, we also strive to make the transition to electric vehicles possible and create jobs building the infrastructure necessary for our city.”
The City is also installing projects for curbside charging at 15 sites, each of which will contain a minimum of 4 LV II charging ports, for a total minimum of 60 LV II charging ports. There has also been a collaboration between the City and Eversource through the Make Ready program. The program aims to install 16 LV II charging ports and 8 DCFC ports in municipal parking lots within the next 6-12 months.