Modernizing Brooklyn’s Gas Stations With Sustainable Fuel Options

(L-R) Toyota Motor Sales Fuel Cell Vehicles National Manager, Geri Yoza: BMW of Brooklyn Genius, Justin Silverman; Whole Foods Northeast Regional PR Director Ted Kwong; Brooklyn Borough President, Eric Adams (Photo by Erica Sherman/Brooklyn BP’s Office)

On Tuesday, July 11, Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams unveiled Fueling Brooklyn’s Future: Refueling Needs in a Resiliency Era, a report detailing his plans for modernizing Brooklyn’s gas stations with sustainable fueling options.

The announcement took place at the Whole Foods in Gowanus by the electric vehicle charging stations in the supermarket’s parking lot. Adams drove to the press event in a Toyota Mirai which is powered by hydrogen fuel cell technology. While there are only three of these models currently on the market, Adams noted that none of them would be easily operable in New York City due to the lack of appropriate fueling stations, a press release for the event states.

There are currently only 60 charging stations for electric cars throughout Brooklyn, according to Adams’ report, with most located outside of central and southern Brooklyn neighborhoods, where there is a higher concentration of car owners.

According to Adams’ office, since Superstorm Sandy in 2012, nine gas stations have closed in Brooklyn, with two more slated to close soon, and another twelve at risk of closing in the coming years—including stations in Bushwick, Clinton Hill, Downtown Brooklyn, Greenpoint, Midwood, Sheepshead Bay, and Sunset Park. With land values increasing, gas stations are being replaced by more profitable residential, commercial, or hotel developments, the report states.

To prevent existing gas stations from shutting down, Adams suggests that fueling stations adapt by incorporating resilient power-generating measures and alternate fuel technologies into station redesign.

Eric Adams checks out an electric vehicle charging station with ChargePoint Director of Policy, Kevin Miller (left), and Whole Foods Northeast Regional PR Director, Ted Kwong (center), Photo by Erica Sherman/Brooklyn BP’s Office

Adams recommends that Empire State Development (ESD) and New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC) create incentives for business owners to retrofit existing gas stations with new electric vehicle, hydrogen, and compressed natural gas (CNG) stations.

Adams also recommends that Governor Andrew Cuomo’s Fuel NY Initiative be expanded to provide backup power supply at all fueling stations in the borough, using green energy such as solar panels or wind-power—sources that are not reliant on the main power grid—to operate generators.

The Brooklyn Borough President also announced that he would commit capital funding into the installation of electric vehicle charging stations around Brooklyn.


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  1. Hydrogen fuel is just almost as bad as gas. It still has to be processed and delivered (by gas powered trucks). Put in solar powered electricity to power electric cars and make a deal with Tesla for their fast Superchargers.

  2. None of the alternative are sufficient. It will be decades before gasoline-powered vehicles face real competition. Electric cars are useless for the millions of New Yorkers who live in apartments.

    Meanwhile, Tesla loses hundreds of millions of dollars per year. Those losses show no signs of going away.

    Hydrogen as a fuel is insanely expensive. Hydrogen is the most common element in the universe, and almost all of the hydrogen on earth is already bound to oxygen. In other words, water. So it takes too much energy to break the water into its components. That means it costs way way way more than gasoline. And that’s not going to change anytime soon.

  3. Hydrogen or CNG can be produced locally without having to be trucked in. Hydrogen can be pulled in via natural gas an compressed at the source. The Solar power produced isn’t enough for charging multiple vehicles so there would be limitations. I don’t know if an average NYr can afford a Tesla ($100k +) . At least BP is thinking out of the box

  4. F.Y.I. there are alternatives available, please visit the links below to learn about an American manufacturer of combined heat, power and hydrogen (tri-generation), negilible pollutant emitting fuel cell systems which can operate on existing natural gas or biogas pipeline infrastructures. They also manufacture hydrogen storage systems that may be utilized to store excess renewable enery produced from intermittent weather dependent wind and solar systems.

  5. Hydrogen can be produced onsite and a third of the hydrogen produced in California must come from renewable sources.

    Hydrogen fuel cell vehicles can also be fueled in less than 5 minutes so you don’t have a vehicle taking up an entire space from 3.45 to 9 hours I order to charge.

    The experience is the same as you’d expect from petrol powered vehicles.


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