New York City has announced it is investing $75 million in electric vehicles and electric vehicle charging infrastructure to support the city’s vehicle fleet.
The investments, part of the city’s plan to transition its entire vehicle fleet to electric vehicles, include:
- 300 electric vehicles to replace fossil fuel-powered models
- 275 fast vehicle chargers
- 20 portable vehicle chargers
- 11 solar charging carports
- 3 electric buses to replace diesel models
- 78 electric ambulances
- Retrofit of 125 existing diesel-powered trucks to be electric-powered.
“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 DCAS deputy commissioner. “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.”
The city currently has 1,061 electric vehicle charging ports to service its fleet. This includes level-2 chargers, level-3 fast chargers, a mobile charger, and 89 free-standing solar charging carports.
Its fast-charging network includes 100 fast chargers that will be in operation across five boroughs by the end of the year, and it will have 275 more to support fleet units and school buses in the next two years. An estimated 28 will be available for public use.
The 20 portable chargers to be purchased can be moved from location to location, supporting flexible and emergency charging. DCAS will also add 11 solar carports, which will give the city 100 free-standing solar carports, an important emergency resource in the case of power outages.
For the first time, the city will retrofit 125 existing diesel support trucks to convert them to electric power. The first converts will be box vans, rack trucks, small dump trucks, and other non-emergency units. This will enable the city to make progress on electric truck implementation as manufacturers continue to develop new electric truck models.
The City of New York’s municipal vehicle fleet includes 2,350 on-road electric vehicles and 796 off-road electric and solar units, and the entire fleet will become all-electric.