Photo courtesy of NYC

Photo courtesy of NYC

Mayor Bill de Blasio announced that New York City’s municipal vehicle fleet is ahead of schedule to meet its target of adding 2,000 electric vehicles (EVs) by 2025. The city’s fleet currently boasts more than 650 EV sedans and more than 75 Stealth ambulances, which uses battery power to support on-board services rather than idling its engine. The municipal fleet will have 1,000 EV sedans by the end of July 2017, halfway toward its Clean Fleet goal, with eight years to go.

“Just over a year ago, we committed to bring more EVs into the city fleet, making a more sustainable city,” de Blasio said in a statement. “I am proud to say that we’re well ahead of schedule. Now it’s time to go further, by working with partners to build the infrastructure needed to make these vehicles of the future more accessible to New Yorkers. When it comes to meeting the challenge of climate change while creating a more just and equitable city, New York is leading the way.”

The city will now operate seven electric vehicle models, including the Nissan Leaf, Ford Focus EV, Ford Fusion Energi, Toyota Prius Plug in, Prius Prime, Chevy Volt, and Chevy Bolt.

To meet the city's growing need for EV infrastructure, the city plans to expand its network of EV charging stations from 375 to at least 500 by year’s end. De Blasio also announced a $10 million investment in fast charging stations citywide and, separately, Con Edison announced a $25 million investment in EV infrastructure throughout the city.