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Recharge Boston: Electric vehicle resources

First, we need people who drive alone to take transit, carpool, bike or walk to work instead. To reach our carbon neutrality goals, any remaining vehicles must be electric or zero-emission vehicles.

Electric vehicles are cars or other vehicles powered completely, or in part, by electricity. They produce less pollution from the tailpipe, and often save people money.

We're taking steps to make sure electric vehicle drivers have access to safe and convenient places to charge in Boston. This effort is part of Boston’s Complete Streets mission. It's also part of our commitment to sustainability.

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Service announcement

The City of Boston currently owns and operates two dual-port chargers on Cambridge Street, near Sudbury Street. These chargers were installed in 2011 next to City Hall Plaza, and later relocated during the remodel of the Government Center T Station.

The charging stations have seen heavy use over the years. Due to operational issues, one station has been taken out of commission and the other station is providing a lower-capacity charge. Over the next several months, we will replace these stations. This is part of the expansion of charging stations in Municipal Lots. We want to make sure we are providing a reliable service. Thank you for your patience as we improve the stations on Cambridge Street.

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EV Readiness Policy For New Developments

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Compliance with the policy

Two types of new developments must comply with the City's EV Readiness Policy For New Developments:

  1. New developments that prompt the Transportation Access Plan Agreement (TAPA) process
  2. All projects located within South Boston and Downtown parking freeze zones​

This policy applies to any development that receives Boston Planning and Development Agency Board approval after March 7, 2019 and to any development that submits a parking freeze permit application to the Air Pollution Control Commission after March 20, 2019.

The policy requires:
  • 25 percent of parking spaces be "EVSE (electric vehicle supply equipment) installed", and
  • the remaining 75 percent of parking spaces be "EV (electric vehicle) Ready" for future installation, to the maximum extent practicable.

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