Mayor Vows to Grow to ‘Nearly 1,000 by the End of 2017’
As All Non-Emergency Sedan Orders Are to Be for EVs,
Brooklyn Will Host Two Fia Formula E Races in 2017 Too
New York City is racing ahead with its NYC Clean Fleet, “a comprehensive plan to create the largest electric vehicle fleet of any U.S. city.” The City is announcing this week that it now operates more than 500 EVs, and that all of its non-emergency sedan orders in fiscal year 2017 will be electric.
The fiscal 2017 purchase policy “which will grow the fleet to nearly 1,000 by the end of 2017,” says the office of Mayor Bill de Blasio.
“NYC Clean Fleet,” says a release, is “the most comprehensive and ambitious blueprint for municipal fleet sustainability in the nation.”
‘A Huge Win for New York City’
Separately, the Mayor and the Fia Formula E organization announced that two 100% battery electric “ePrix” races will be held in the Red Hook area of Brooklyn, July 29-30, 2017. It will be the first FIA-sanctioned, open-wheel race to take place in New York City.
“New York City is where technology, sustainability and commerce all connect,” said de Blasio. “There’s no better home for the ePrix.
“Bringing this international event to the five boroughs is a huge win for New York City. It will bring thousands of visitors, boost Brooklyn tourism and spur investment in our neighborhoods.”
‘We Are Leading the Way’
Regarding NYC Clean Fleet, “A little less than a year ago, we made a commitment to create a greener, cleaner fleet with the end goal of creating a more sustainable city,” the mayor said (F&F, December 1, 2015).
“It is time that we take ownership and responsibility for our climate,” de Blasio said. “By furthering our work to create the greenest and cleanest electric fleet in the country and world, we are leading the way for others to follow in our footsteps and leaving a lasting impression on our climate.”
“City agencies with large fleets including NYPD, FDNY, DOC, DSNY, Parks, DOT, and DEP are working more closely together than ever to green and transform our fleet including expanded use of electric vehicles, hybrids, biofuels, and anti-idling technology,” said New York City chief fleet officer Keith Kerman.
‘The Most Iconic Cities’
Fia Formula E organizers note that the ePrix races take places “on the streets against a backdrop of some of the most iconic cities – including Hong Kong, New York, Marrakesh, Buenos Aires, Monaco, Paris and Montreal, and that the 2016-17 season will feature ten teams and 20 drivers competing in 12 cities spanning five continents. Proposals for season four/2017-18 will be accepted beginning in November.
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Source: NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio & Fia Formula E with Fleets & Fuels follow-up