Connect with us

Hi, what are you looking for?



Repurposing NYC Payphones Into EV Chargers

Originally published on EV Obsession.

Payphones in New York City are of course losing popularity, as cellphones have become terribly common. Some payphones have already been repurposed as advertising billboards. The Atlantic Cities has an even better idea — convert New York City’s payphones into electric vehicle charging stations.

Image Credit: Patrick Theiner, Creative Commons.

The payphones may not be conveniently situated in parking spaces. However, to set up electric vehicle chargers along roads, wires are run underground, so sidewalks have to be dug up, which is highly expensive, according to Jay Friedland of Plug In America.

This was already done for payphones long ago, as they had cables which were already run underground through channels. So, maybe these channels could be used to run power cables for EV chargers.

“The great thing about telephone booths is there’s power to them,” said Friedland. “This is going to become very popular in urban environments. I think you’re going to see it in urban environments and deployed along highway corridors — say, 50 miles from the city.”

Payphones in New York City operate on standard 120 volt power, which he wants to use to charge cars, albeit very slowly. If feasible, it may be worth it to replace the payphones’ power cords with new, high-power cables for Level 2 charging stations, and connect them to a 240 volt line instead.

According to The Atlantic Cities: “With that in mind, he says, many experts instead have turned their sights to ‘quick-charging’ stations. Though far more expensive to install, fast chargers can power an electric about 80 percent in just half an hour. The average commuter, who only drives about 40 miles a day, will be able to handle that distance after just 15 minutes at a quick-charger.”

Sign up for daily news updates from CleanTechnica on email. Or follow us on Google News!

Have a tip for CleanTechnica, want to advertise, or want to suggest a guest for our CleanTech Talk podcast? Contact us here.

Former Tesla Battery Expert Leading Lyten Into New Lithium-Sulfur Battery Era — Podcast:

I don't like paywalls. You don't like paywalls. Who likes paywalls? Here at CleanTechnica, we implemented a limited paywall for a while, but it always felt wrong — and it was always tough to decide what we should put behind there. In theory, your most exclusive and best content goes behind a paywall. But then fewer people read it! We just don't like paywalls, and so we've decided to ditch ours. Unfortunately, the media business is still a tough, cut-throat business with tiny margins. It's a never-ending Olympic challenge to stay above water or even perhaps — gasp — grow. So ...
If you like what we do and want to support us, please chip in a bit monthly via PayPal or Patreon to help our team do what we do! Thank you!
Written By

Has a keen interest in physics-intensive topics such as electricity generation, refrigeration and air conditioning technology, energy storage, and geography. His website is:


You May Also Like

Clean Transport

From where I’m sitting in New Mexico, it sure looks a lot like large cities like New York already have enough. After all, it...

Clean Transport

NYC DOT releases nation’s first evaluation report on curbside electric vehicle charging, examining first 18 months of City’s pilot program Nearly 50,000 charging sessions...

Clean Transport

New York City (NYC) is putting in 13 EV fast-charging hubs across city parking garages. The charging hubs being rolled out by the New...

Clean Transport

In order to demonstrate curbside EV charging specifically designed for cities, itselectric, a Brooklyn-based electric car curbside charging startup, established a strategic partnership with...

Copyright © 2023 CleanTechnica. The content produced by this site is for entertainment purposes only. Opinions and comments published on this site may not be sanctioned by and do not necessarily represent the views of CleanTechnica, its owners, sponsors, affiliates, or subsidiaries.