New York City is purchasing 50 Chevrolet Bolt all-electric vehicles for its fleet, the NYC Department of Citywide Administrative Services (DCAS) announced. The new contract will help the city reach its goal of acquiring 1,000 electric vehicles by the end of 2017, creating the largest municipal EV fleet in the nation.
The vehicles, expected to arrive in Spring 2017, will have vehicle sharing technology so they can be used by multiple agencies. The Bolt joins the Nissan EV Leaf, Toyota Prius EV Prime, and Ford Fusion EV Energi in the NYC fleet. The fleet has 530 electric vehicles.
The Bolt is larger than a traditional sedan and has a range of about 238 miles. Safety features on the Bolt include forward collision alert, low-speed forward automatic braking, and side blind zone alert with lane change alert. The vehicle is manufactured in Michigan and is built by United Auto Workers union members.
“NYC was one of the first users of the GM plug in Volt and we’ve been following developments with the Bolt closely,” said NYC Chief Fleet Officer and DCAS Deputy Commissioner Keith Kerman. “We are thrilled that the Bolt is here and proud to be one of the largest and earliest adopters.”
The purchase is part of the city’s goal to cut city fleet emissions in half by 2025 and 80% by 2035, a part of Mayor Bill de Basio’s OneNYC plan.
The city will also install at least 25 new electric vehicle charging stations in publicly accessible locations by March 1, 2018 as part of a pilot program.