Electrifying New York City Ride-Hailing Fleets: An Examination of the Need for Public Fast Charging

Matthew Moniot, Brennan Borlaug, Yanbo Ge, Eric Wood, Jason Zimbler

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This report assesses the scale of public fast charging needed to electrify approximately 20,000 vehicles across the yellow cab and for-hire segments in New York City. The analysis considers real-world trip data in conjunction with driver home locations, overnight charging access rates, driver schedules, and more. Outcomes indicate that the existing charging network in New York City is not adequate even in the most optimistic scenario; 1,054 150-kW ports are required when 15% of drivers have access to overnight charging, whereas 367 150-kW ports are needed when 100% of drivers have access. Results also indicate that although charging is demanded in areas nearby high trip demand, fast charging ports are also demanded in areas near driver residences as a supplement for home charging in scenarios with limited overnight charging access. These findings motivate investment into both overnight charging and public fast charging to meet the charging demands of ride-hailing fleets.

Original languageAmerican English
Article numberArticle No. 104171
Number of pages21
Issue number4
StatePublished - 15 Apr 2022

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NREL Publication Number

  • NREL/JA-5400-82293


  • electrochemical energy storage
  • energy flexibility
  • energy resources
  • energy transportation


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