The city of New York will utilize $10.1 million in federal grants to replace more than 900 fossil-fueled municipal vehicles with electric or hybrid models and install more than 300 EV chargers across the city.
New York Mayor Eric Adams joined city and state officials to detail how the U.S. Department of Transportation electrification grants will be spent. Overall, NYC will replace 925 internal-combustion-engine vehicles to continue decarbonizing its fleet.
The Department of Citywide Administrative Services and Department of Sanitation will receive most of the federal funding.
New York City has had a Clean Fleet Plan since 2015 and has procured more than 4,000 plug-in hybrid or solar vehicles for both on-road and off-road duties.
“When New Yorks see cars, trucks and vans with the ‘NYC’ logo on the side, they can rest assured that those vehicles are contributing to a greener city,” Adams said in a press statement issued late last week. “We are already ahead of schedule in transitioning city vehicles away from fossil fuels, and this new grant will allow us to take nearly 1,000 fossil-fuel vehicles off our roads, helping us reduce carbon emissions, make our air cleaner and save on fuel costs.”
The funding will help update the fleet with electric and/or hybrid trucks, vans and mechanical brooms, which clean the streets, according to the release. The models will include 82 Chevrolet Bolts, 360 Ford E-Transit vans, 450 Ford F-150 E-Lightning pickup trucks and 25 plug-in hybrid street sweepers.
Seven all-electric refuse trucks will be the first owned by the city’s Department of Sanitation.
Bill de Blasio, then NYC’s mayor, signed an executive in February 2020 codifying the goal of having all on-road vehicles be electric or plug-in hybrid electric by 2040. The order also created a Fleet of the Future network which brings the public departments together with nonprofits and the private sector to strategize on a clean fleet strategy.