The New York City Department of Sanitation (DSNY) published an update to its four-year strategic plan to modernize fleet and facilities and improve safety.
In an effort to meet the city’s OneNYC greenhouse gas (GHG) reduction goals, DSNY has begun several initiatives to green its fleet. The agency has introduced hybrid-electric and battery-electric vehicles in its light-duty fleet, and it currently owns and operates 86 Level 2 EV charging stations with plans to install 37 more in 2017.
On the heavy-duty side, all collection trucks have been upgraded with anti-idling technology, next-generation engines, and power-on-demand and neutral-at-stop technologies, which are expected to reduce fuel consumption by 10%. DSNY is piloting several programs to reduce GHG emissions, including an engine stop-start system to reduce idling, as well as dimethyl ether (DME) and other alternatives fuels and diesel fuel blends.
DSNY has also made steps to improve safety. Five hundred eighty nine collection trucks have been upgraded with sideguards and all new heavy-duty vehicles will have sideguards and full LED lighting. Beginning in 2016, all collection trucks feature improved visibility for operators with additional glass windows in the back of the cab. This year, DSNY is also testing 360-degree cameras on rear-loading collection trucks, a pedestrian and bicyclist detection system, and a white noise reverse alarm system for collection vehicles.
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