By Scott Etkin
The global transition from cars that run on fossil fuels to electric vehicles (EVs) is underway, but it’s happening at an uneven pace depending on where you live. The new year offers an opportunity to track how this shift is progressing in our neighborhood.
In 2022, 357 electric vehicles were registered in the 10023, 10024, 10025 and 10069 zip codes, bringing the total number of EVs on the UWS to 1,038.* There were 11 more EVs registered in 2022 than in 2021.
In 2022, 60% of the EVs registered were fully electric vehicles and 40% were electric hybrids. The split was nearly the same in 2021.
The most common fully electric EV brand on the UWS is Tesla and the most popular plug-in hybrid is the Toyota RAV4.
It will be interesting to see how EV sales track in 2023. This year could see an increase as automakers release more electric models and the $7,500 EV tax credit kicks in from the Inflation Reduction Act. Mayor Adams’ recent announcement that more than $10 million in federal grants will be used toward installing 315 new EV chargers across the city, as well as replacing 925 fossil fuel-powered NYC fleet vehicles with EVs, could also be a boost for the neighborhood’s EV drivers who are looking for more charging options.
*Numbers are from ChargeNY, a collaboration between the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority, New York Power Authority and New York State Department of Environmental Conservation.