Mayor Adams announces major progress in New York’s transition to electric vehicles

September 23, 2022

The city accelerated the expansion of its electric vehicle fleet, meeting electric vehicle goals three years ahead of schedule

Critical investments in public EV charging infrastructure and rebates for TLC-licensed drivers will accelerate EV adoption among private vehicles and the taxi fleet

NEW YORK – To cap off Climate Week, New York City Mayor Eric Adams today announced a series of major milestones in three critical efforts to ease the transition to electric vehicles across the city. Through initiatives led by the New York City Department of Citywide Administrative Services (DCAS), the New York City Department of Transportation (DOT), and the New York City Taxi and Limousine Commission (TLC), the Adams administration is accelerating and facilitating the transition to electric vehicles among the city fleet, private vehicles and rental vehicle industry.

In September 2022, DCAS met its 2025 goal of converting 4,000 vehicles in the city’s fleet to electric vehicles – three years ahead of schedule. The DOT has advanced plans to install publicly accessible electric vehicle charging stations in the Bronx and Brooklyn. And the DOT, in partnership with the TLC, will offer discounts to TLC-licensed drivers for the use of fast-charging hubs. The transition to electric vehicles helps improve air quality, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and provide savings on maintenance and fuel costs for the municipal government and city ratepayers from New York.

“As we mark the end of Climate Week, we are proud to announce a series of investments in electric vehicles and charging infrastructure that solidify New York City’s status as a world leader in climate change. fight against climate change,” said Mayor Adams. “By achieving our goals ahead of schedule, we’re not only taking action to make our city greener and more sustainable, we’re building public confidence that our city can ‘Get Stuff Done.’ »

“I commend DCAS for working with all of our agency partners to reach this milestone today ahead of schedule,” said First Deputy Mayor Lorraine Grillo. “The transition to fleet electric is a major step forward in reducing pollution on our streets and shows that this administration will continue to lead the fight against climate change.”

“New Yorkers deserve clean, livable streets and neighborhoods,” said Deputy Mayor for Operations Meera Joshi. “It starts with taking the dirtiest vehicles off the road and making it easier than ever to go electric. New York City is leading the way with this series of investments in our electric fleet and charging infrastructure. »

“We are committed to making our city government greener by accelerating our transition to an all-electric fleet,” said DCAS Commissioner Dawn M. Pinnock. “At DCAS, we are delighted to have reached our goal of 4,000 electric vehicles three years early. That’s three more years of emission-free driving to protect the health of our planet for future generations.

“Fairness is a guiding principle as this administration works to expand access to electric vehicle charging,” said DOT Commissioner Ydanis Rodriguez. “Making it easier for New Yorkers to adopt electric vehicles is a critical step in the fight against climate change and reducing emissions – and that’s why we’re making conscious efforts to expand access to charging in five boroughs where the private sector has not invested.”

“TLC is committed to transitioning all vehicles we license to zero-emission electric vehicles,” said TLC President and Commissioner David Do. “Sufficient and affordable charging is critical to making this transition, and we look forward to building on the progress of our agency and partner agencies to ensure the city has the infrastructure and programs in place to make electric vehicles the best option for TLC drivers. ”

Fleet of electric vehicles in the city

This month, the city surpassed 4,050 electric vehicles in the DCAS-managed city fleet, all replacing fossil-fuel models. This milestone exceeds the New York City Clean Fleet Plan’s goal of adding 4,000 electric vehicles by 2025, three years ahead of schedule.

The electric fleet includes a wide range of vehicle types and classes ranging from more than 200 Ford Mustang Mach Es (used primarily for law enforcement purposes) to nearly 850 GM Bolts. DCAS has also completed orders for nearly 300 Ford E Transit utility vans and submitted its first order for an all-electric Ford pickup truck. These units are expected to arrive this winter and will be the largest medium-duty electric vehicle purchase for the fleet. DCAS plans to own and operate more than 4,500 electric vehicles by June 2023.

DCAS has also ordered seven electric garbage trucks for the New York City Department of Sanitation (DSNY); marking the city’s effort to upgrade these iconic trucks to an all-electric model. The agency plans to order seven all-electric sweepers and 30 plug-in hybrid electric sweepers for DSNY. The agency also plans to order all-electric buses for the New York City Department of Corrections, as well as vans and pickups, to perform other essential services throughout the city.

In addition to growing the electric vehicle fleet, DCAS also operates the largest electric vehicle charging network in New York State, with nearly 1,300 charging ports available for fleet units. DCAS will deploy an additional 600 charging ports over the next 18 months.

Electric vehicle charging infrastructure

DOT is advancing two major electric vehicle charging initiatives that will accelerate the transition to electric vehicles among private vehicles across the city. First, the agency issued a contract to install fast-charging stations at the White Plains Road municipal parking lot in the Bronx and Bensonhurst Municipal Parking Lot #1 in Brooklyn. Each site will be equipped with four direct current (DC) fast chargers, which will allow drivers to quickly charge their electric vehicles.

Additionally, DOT is launching an effort with the New York Power Authority to procure more than 150 Level 2 electric vehicle chargers to be installed in 12 municipal parking lots in the Bronx, Brooklyn, Queens and Staten Island.

These efforts represent progress toward DOT’s Charging Plan goals to “Electrify New York,” including growing the city-operated fast-charging network to more than 80 outlets and equipping 20% ​​of all spaces. in municipal public parking lots and garages with Level 2 chargers in 2025. These projects also leverage the city’s existing PlugNYC electric vehicle charging network, which provides affordable and convenient charging for New Yorkers on 100 chargers Level 2 curbside and fast charging stations in the Delancey-Essex and Court Square municipal car parks.

Discounts on electric vehicle charging

In an effort to support the adoption of electric vehicles, DOT is working in partnership with the TLC to offer discounted electric vehicle charging to TLC-licensed drivers at DOT fast-charging centers in various boroughs. The DOT currently has two fast-charging centers, at Court Square Municipal Garage in Queens and Delancey-Essex Municipal Garage in Manhattan.

Starting September 30, 2022, TLC-licensed drivers will be able to sign up for a 15% discount on charging at both locations through the TLC website. TLC-licensed drivers will have access to fast and affordable charging at convenient locations, with additional charging stations opening soon.

“Thirty percent of New York’s greenhouse gas emissions come from the transportation sector. It comes right after buildings,” said New York City Climate Director and New York City Department of Environmental Protection Commissioner Rohit T. Aggarwala. “Reducing emissions from the transport sector requires both shifting more travel to sustainable modes, such as public transport, walking and cycling, and transitioning travel from cars to electric vehicles. I commend our colleagues at DCAS, DOT, and TLC for implementing these bold steps to fight climate change by continuing the transition to electric vehicles.

“Electrifying transport, and doing it fairly, is essential to achieving our climate goals,” said Kizzy Charles-Guzman, executive director of the New York City Mayor’s Office for Climate and Environmental Justice. “This investment in electric vehicles and charging infrastructure is critical to ensuring New Yorkers have access to more sustainable and reliable transportation options, which will improve air quality and health, especially in communities most affected by traffic pollution.”

“It’s amazing to see New York City leading so closely in reducing our carbon emissions by expanding our city’s electric vehicle fleet at an accelerating rate,” said Sue Donoghue, commissioner of the New York City Department of Parks and Recreation. “We are proud to claim that nearly 80% of our fleet is made up of alternative fuel units, featuring the largest fleet of electric vehicles and the largest network of charging stations in the city.”

“Zero-emission and electric vehicles are the future of transportation,” said DCAS Deputy Commissioner for Fleet Management Keith Kerman. “City agencies are leading the way, showing that electric vehicles are ready to support critical and demanding city services. DCAS is completing its largest-ever rollout of light-duty electric replacement vehicles, growing the fleet to more than 4,000 electric vehicles and accelerating efforts to electrify medium and heavy-duty units. You will soon see electric vehicles powered by DCAS in all parts of the city.

“The growing influx of electric vehicles into the NYPD fleet will continue the department’s commitment to maintaining the greenest police fleet in the world, as rated by the National Association of Fleet Administrators,” said New York City Police Department (NYPD) Deputy Commissioner for Support Services Robert S. Martinez. “At the same time, our NYPD pilot program is underway to continue to determine how electric vehicles can best be used to advance the NYPD’s public safety mission.”

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