Electric Vehicle Sales Heating Up on Long Island


Long Island, New York, with its 7.68 million residents, is starting to grow fond of plug-in vehicles.

Map of Long Island

Map of Long Island

The numbers show that Long Island was home to 1,008 plug-in vehicles as of the end of April, 2013.  That figure is apparently on the rise though as gas prices are soaring upwards and more plug-ins are hitting the market.

It makes sense that Long Islanders are finding that plug-in vehicles meet their daily needs.  The Island measures only 118 miles from end-to-end and is 23 miles wide at its widest point.  Only a few carefully placed chargers would be needed on the Island to extend the range of pure electrics so that they could go end-to-end and even into the Big Apple with ease.

We’ve long argued that islands are ideally suited for pure electric vehicles and Long Island (aside from its sheer size…it is the US’ longest and largest island) should be no exception to this rule.

Let’s us hope.

Source: Newsday

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Perfect location for an EREV, actually. Volts would make the shorter around-town trips electric and the longer trips on a little gas. I just saw a new Tesla Model-S on 2nd Ave at 92nd street in NYC two weeks ago.

The NY state association NYSERDA is giving away lots of incentive money to boost renewable energy and EV charging installations. My son’s college gets matching funds to my recent donation and they will be able to install about 6 EVSE spots on campus very soon. (it’s not on LI but rather up in Rochester, NY) I’d expect Tesla to take advantage of these funds and install SuperChargers around Bethpage or somewhere a bit more easterly.

It’s worth noting that the NY DMV / DOT offer free any-time use of the Long Island Expressway’s carpool lanes to BEVs, EREVs, PHEVs, and hybrids as well. That’s the only state-wise incentive for buying an EV, and it seems it primarily benefits Long Islanders. The Long Island Power Authority (electric utility) offers a $500 rebate too (despite their website saying it was only through last year, it’s still available – I got it for the Leaf I bought this April [I guess I’m one of the first 1,008]). It’s really the charging infrastructure which is still weak (though slowly growing) on LI. Things are fine for my short commute to work, but I have to say that many here are afraid of the proclaimed 70-something-real-world-range of the Leaf (though with the reasonable climate we have here, I’ve found the 106 mile figure that my Leaf says at full charge to be rather accurate, even with occasional A/C usage, and I’m averaging 5.2 mi/kWh). People seem to have a habit of assuming each number that is quoted for EV range needs some margin, then some additional margin, then some more, and soon they think their 40-50 mile R/T commute is… Read more »

Wait til the winter. Then you’ll need to plan 30% margin

@Mark, I do expect less range in the winter, and the more efficient heater was the primary reason I waited for a 2013 model of the Leaf. I’m not sure how much to expect my range to drop, but I’m guessing that 50 miles will still be safely and comfortably doable for many winters to come (though myself I’ve the luxury of needing less than half of that).

@Gene, you’ll be totally fine.

Most weekdays, I drive ~45 miles in the less-efficient 2012 model Leaf, mostly highway, and I do this on 80% charge very comfortably (2 bars or ~15 miles left) all year long, and noticed very little difference between seasons.

But yes, that’s in a milder climate, northern CA, and I use the heater sparingly; the more-efficient seat and wheel heaters and preheat from the grid do a good job at keeping me comfortable (and keep that frost off the windshield in the morning, oh yeah!).
To keep things in perspective, the 2012 purely resistive heater at full blast in non-Eco (6kW) makes less difference than driving at 75 instead of 65mph, and you’d usually use only a tiny fraction of that — even more so with the 2013 heat pump.

Losing access to gasoline at the gas stations after Sandy sticks in people’s minds….


As does losing electrical power for much of LI for several days too 🙁 I would have been one to use my Leaf’s charged battery as a source of electricity for my house had I the option at the time.


Largest island in the contiguous United States, maybe? There are larger islands in the US, such as Hawaii.

Oh, it *is* the largest by population.