Is Getting Aggressive with Charging Infrastructure Too
New York City is talking delivery this month of the first 225 electric vehicles of a much vaunted plan to electrify the city fleet.
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio announced the strategy to replace some 2,000 fossil fuel sedans with EVs during the united Nations climate change conference in Paris late last year (F&F, December 1).
The vehicles coming in this month include 112 all-battery Nissan Leaf cars, and 76 Ford Fusion Energi plug-in hybrid EVs, with the remainder of the 225 made up of material handling and other off-road vehicles, says chief city fleet officer Keith Kerman.
“New York City operates almost every type of alternative in the transport sector including electric, hybrid, natural gas, biodiesel, shared units and even solar,” he said in a release. “We are early adopters helping to establish the effectiveness of these alternatives in every type of fleet service.”
Hudson Nissan & Tower Ford
When it comes to EVs, “Our goal is at least 200 per year,” Kerman told F&F. “We expect to be about 500 at the end of FY16 [one year from now], so at least 700 by end of FY17.”
News York City’s 112 Leaf cars for this year are being supplied by Hudson Nissan in Jersey City, N.J. Tower Ford in Great Neck, N.Y. is supplying the Ford PHEVs.
Commensurate with the EV deployments is an effort to implement city-wide charging: “Our goal is to have at least 350 charging stations to support our growing EV program by the end of this calendar year,” Kerman says.
The idea is for a wide range of such municipal departments as parks, environment, energy, buildings and Kerman’s own DCAS (the Department of Citywide Administrative Services) to have EV chargers.
Among the more unusual, Kerman says, is an expected multiple order for sun-powered Envirion Solar units like the one already in place at the David Dinkins Municipal Building near City Hall in downtown Manhattan.
‘Leading by Example’
“New York City operates the largest municipal fleet in the United States with over 28,000 units,” states a release from last month’s City Fleet and Equipment Show in Flushing Meadows-Corona Park (Queens).
“Once again New York City is leading by example, this time introducing cutting-edge measures to boost safety and sustainability for the largest fleet in the nation,” Mayor Bill de Blasio said in a release that included new of the 225 EVs for the now-ending fiscal 2015.
“In FY17, all cars purchased by the City will be plug-in electric units, excluding emergency services,” the announcement states.
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Source: New York City DCAS with Fleets & Fuels follow-up