Goal to Reduce the City’s Municipal Vehicle Emissions 2025:
‘Cities Are Setting the Pace on Climate Action,’ Says de Blasio
Plan Includes Replacing 2,000 Fossil Fuel Sedans with PHEVs
Noting that the United Nations Conference on Climate Change is underway in Paris, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio announced today the launch of NYC Clean Fleet: a comprehensive plan to create the largest electric vehicle fleet of any U.S. city, cut municipal vehicle emissions in half by 2025 – and 80% by 2035 – “and serve as a model for the private sector and other 21st century cities in fighting climate change.”
“A cleaner, greener fleet is yet another step toward our ambitious but necessary sustainability goals, including an 80% reduction in all emissions by 2050,” de Blasio said in a Tuesday release.
“By building the largest municipal electric vehicle fleet in the country – and potentially the world – New York City is continuing to lead by example. Cities are setting the pace on climate action – and with our city and our planet’s very future at stake, we need national leaders in Paris to take note and take action.”
More Alt Fuels and Better Driving Practices
The plan includes replacing some 2,200 fossil fuel sedans with plug-in hybrid electric vehicles, “which, combined with the over 300 EVs currently on the road, would mean EVs will make up half of the City’s non-emergency sedans and create the largest municipal electrical vehicle fleet in the United States and, potentially, the world.”
Sedans are the single largest category of vehicles in the New York City fleet. Going with PHEVs would reduce gasoline consumption by approximately 2.5 million gallons a year and reduce the City fleet’s emissions by 9% by 2025.
According to the Mayor, New York City will
- expand the use of anti-idling, hybrid, and stop-start technologies in medium- and heavy-duty vehicles, such as sanitation trucks, to substantially reduce emissions and gasoline use while at rest. These technologies can reduce a vehicle’s fuel consumption by up to 33% and total fleet emissions by 5%;
- increase the use of alternatives to traditional diesel fuels, including higher biodiesel blends, CNG/compressed natural gas, or renewable diesel, to displace the use of traditional diesel fuel in City vehicles by 2035. These diesel alternatives are estimated to reduce emissions by 34%;
- release a Request for Information for additional cutting-edge technology solutions for both light- and heavy-duty vehicles, including advanced battery EVs, hydrogen fuel-cell vehicles, compressed natural gas vehicles, and other clean fuels;
- adopt best-practices in fleet management that limit the usage of SUVs based on specific security or operational needs, promote eco-driving to optimize fuel efficiency through education and training, and expand the use of car and ride sharing to support more efficient vehicle use; and
- partner with private and other government fleets, as well as non-profit groups, while leveraging City purchasing power, to serve as an example and galvanize greener fleets across all sectors.
“The City will immediately move to implement NYC Clean Fleet,” states the Mayor’s announcement, “converting light-duty vehicles to EVs through the existing vehicle replacement cycle and identifying additional siting options for EV infrastructure … the relatively marginal additional cost of EVs will be offset by fuel savings, reduced maintenance savings, and increased resale value.”
“NYC is leading the way to show that the technology is here and the costs are manageable,” said Nilda Mesa, Director of the Mayor’s Office of Sustainability. “Cities can show the world that cutting emissions does not at all have to be too hard when you use the tools of governance the right way. It’s the right choice to make for future generations,” Mesa said.
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Source: Office of New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio with F&F follow-up