New York City agencies collaborated for its largest single-year fiscal investment in fleet, committing $419 million for 3,709 units in FY-18.
The city implemented its first full acquisition plan since a citywide consolidation of fleet in FY-13. Since FY-13, the city has invested $2 billion for 21,000 new fleet units, and the average age of the city’s fleet units has decreased from 74 months in FY-14 to 69 months in FY-2018. Investments in the city fleet have increased for the past four years, with the last three years breaking acquisition records.
The FY-18 acquisition plan includes $36 million for 1,006 alternative-fuel vehicles, including 581 plug-in electric or solar units. A local law requires the city to report its fleet equivalent of Federal Corporate Average Fuel Economy Standards (CAFE) for light-duty vehicles. For this year’s new units, the fleet’s average fuel economy broke 100 mpg, the best mark the fleet has ever achieved.
Additional highlights of the plan include 717 new police vehicles, 485 refuse truck replacements, and 91 replacement ambulances. All new city trucks will operate on biodiesel or renewable diesel. The ambulances will also be upfitted with alternative power units enabling them to operate as hybrid or plug-in hybrid units.