New York City has announced a new commitment of $75 million for EVs and charging infrastructure, part of the City’s plan to transition its entire vehicle fleet to EVs.
New projects funded include:
300 EVs to replace fossil fuel-powered models275 fast vehicle chargers20 portable vehicle chargers11 new solar charging carports3 electric buses to replace diesel models78 electric ambulancesRetrofitting 125 existing diesel-powered trucks with electric drive
The city’s municipal fleet already includes 2,350 on-road EVs and 796 off-road “electric and solar units.” The city currently has 1,061 charging ports to service its fleet, including Level 2 chargers, DC chargers, a mobile charger, and 89 free-standing solar charging carports—mobile, grid-independent DC chargers intended to serve as an emergency resource in the case of power outages.
The 300 new EVs will replace 300 fossil-powered light-duty vehicles and vans. The 125 conversions will be box vans, rack trucks, small dump trucks, and other non-emergency units. These will “enable the city to make progress on electric truck implementation as manufacturers continue to develop new electric truck models.”
“The $75 million in investments announced today will help pave the way for ending the use of fossil fuels in the City of New York’s municipal vehicle fleet,” said Lisette Camilo, Commissioner of the Department of Citywide Administrative Services. “The time to act on climate change is now, and New York City is leading the way by transitioning to an all-electric vehicle fleet.”
“The City of New York operates the largest electric vehicle fleet and electric vehicle charging network in New York State,” said Keith Kerman, NYC Chief Fleet Officer. “And these efforts have only just begun. These critical new investments will enable convenient fast charging for fleets throughout the city and support the expansion of EV and adoption into our van and trucking fleets.”
Source: New York City Mayor’s Office