Boston Mayor Michelle Wu has unveiled plans to expand access to electric vehicle (EV) charging through a new curbside demonstration program.

The initiative aims to introduce additional charging stations across the city, particularly benefiting residents without private parking options like driveways or garages.

Under this project, Boston will pilot various models of EV charging provision: some stations will be owned and operated by the city itself, while others will be managed by private companies at no cost to the city. This dual approach is designed to facilitate Boston's ambition for every resident to be within a five-minute walk of an EV charging point, essential amid the rising adoption of electric vehicles.

The city has selected Better Together Brain Trust (BT2) to install and maintain the municipally owned stations, and itselectric and Greenspot to oversee the privately owned stations. These partnerships aim to evaluate how private market involvement can augment the city's charging infrastructure.

Mayor Wu emphasized the importance of adapting to technological advancements and fostering cleaner energy choices for residents and the environment. She expressed gratitude to partners for their collaboration in expanding neighborhood charging options as part of Boston's commitment to becoming a leading green city.

Oliver Sellers-Garcia, Director of the Green New Deal, highlighted the initiative's alignment with Boston's sustainability goals, emphasizing the role of EV charging in enhancing neighborhood cleanliness and convenience while supporting green business opportunities.

Jascha Franklin-Hodge, Chief of Streets, noted the community's enthusiasm for local charging solutions, citing feedback from residents eager to access EV charging in their neighborhoods. The locations for these chargers, including near parks, libraries, and commercial areas, were selected based on accessibility, electrical feasibility, and community needs, including those of environmental justice communities.

Better Together Brain Trust, a Black woman-owned business based in Nubian Square, will deploy Flo EV charging stations capable of rapid charging. CEO Shonté Davidson underscored the significance of equity in Boston's transition to net-zero emissions, welcoming the opportunity to contribute to a cleaner and fairer future through their local expertise.

Community engagement has been integral to site selection, with the city soliciting input through various forums, including civic meetings and neighborhood events. The initiative aims to continue fostering dialogue with residents as it progresses, ensuring that EV charging infrastructure meets local needs and enhances accessibility across Boston's diverse neighborhoods.

The initial phase includes locations such as Almont Playground in Mattapan, Billings Field in West Roxbury, and near the Honan-Allston Library in Allston, among others. These sites were chosen to support Boston's accessibility goals and promote sustainable transportation choices citywide. Photo by Office of Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker, Wikimedia commons.