Mayor Adams Announces Major Progress in NYC Transition to Electric Vehicles

September 23, 2022

City has accelerated the expansion of its electric vehicle fleet and reached its electric vehicle targets three years ahead of schedule

Critical investments in public charging infrastructure for electric vehicles and discounts for drivers with a TLC license will accelerate the adoption of electric vehicles among private vehicles and taxi fleet

NEW YORK – To close out Climate Week, New York City Mayor Eric Adams today announced a series of key milestones in three pivotal efforts to ease the transition to electric vehicles in the city. Through initiatives led by the New York City Department of Citywide Administrative Services (DCAS), the New York City Department of Transportation (DOT), and the New York City Taxi and Limousine Commission (TLC), the Adams administration is accelerating and facilitating the transition to electric vehicles in the city’s fleet, private vehicles and the car rental sector.

As of September 2022, DCAS has reached its 2025 goal of converting 4,000 vehicles in the city fleet to electric vehicles, three years ahead of schedule. DOT has advanced projects to install publicly accessible electric vehicle charging stations in the Bronx and Brooklyn. And DOT, in partnership with the TLC, will offer discounts to drivers with a TLC license for the use of fast charging hubs. The transition to electric vehicles will help improve air quality, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and provide maintenance and fuel savings for New York City’s city government and taxpayers.

“As we mark the end of Climate Week, we are proud to announce a series of investments in electric vehicles and charging infrastructure that will cement New York City’s status as a global leader in the fight against climate change,” the organization said. Mayor Adams. “By delivering on our goals ahead of schedule, we’re not just taking steps to make our city greener and more sustainable – we’re increasing public confidence that our city can ‘get things done’.”

“I applaud DCAS for working with all of our agency partners to reach this milestone ahead of schedule today,” said First Deputy Mayor Lorraine Grillo. “The transition to an electric fleet is a major step forward in reducing pollution on our streets and shows that this administration will continue to lead the way in tackling climate change.”

“New Yorkers deserve clean, livable streets and neighborhoods,” said Deputy Mayor for Operations Meera Joshi. “That starts with removing more polluting vehicles from the road and making it easier than ever to go electric. New York City is leading the way with this series of investments in our city electric fleet and charging infrastructure.”

“We are committed to making our city government greener by accelerating our transition to a fully electric fleet,” said DCAS Commissioner Dawn M. Pinnock. “At DCAS, we are excited to reach our goal of 4,000 electric vehicles three years early. That’s three more years of zero-emission driving to protect the health of our planet for future generations.”

“Warranty is a guiding principle as this administration works to expand access to electric vehicle charging,” said DOT Commissioner Ydanis Rodriguez. “Facilitating the adoption of electric vehicles among New Yorkers is a critical step in combating climate change and reducing emissions – which is why we are making conscious efforts to expand access to charging in the five boroughs where the private sector is not. has invested.”

“TLC is committed to transitioning all vehicles we license to zero-emission electric vehicles,” said TLC Chairman and Commissioner David Do. “High and affordable charging is key to making that transition, and we look forward to building on the progress of our agency and our partner agencies to ensure the city has the infrastructure and programs to make electric vehicles the best available.” option for TLC riders.”

City Electric Vehicle Fleet

This month, the city surpassed 4,050 electric vehicles in the citywide fleet operated by DCAS, all replacing fossil fuel models. This milestone exceeds the New York City Clean Fleet Plan’s target of adding 4,000 electric vehicles by 2025, three years ahead of schedule.

The electric vehicle fleet spans a wide variety of vehicle types and categories, from over 200 Ford Mustang Mach Es (usually used for law enforcement purposes) to nearly 850 GM bolts. DCAS has also completed orders for nearly 300 Ford E Transit trucks and placed the first order for an all-electric Ford pickup. These units are expected to arrive this winter and will be the largest medium-sized electric vehicle purchase for the fleet. DCAS expects to own and operate more than 4,500 EVs by June 2023.

DCAS has also ordered seven electric garbage trucks for the New York City Department of Sanitation (DSNY); marks the city’s efforts to convert these iconic trucks into an all-electric model. The agency plans to order seven all-electric sweepers and 30 plug-in hybrid electric sweepers for DSNY. The agency also plans to order all-electric buses for the New York City Department of Corrections, along with box trucks and pickup trucks, to run other critical services across the city.

In addition to increasing its electric vehicle fleet, DCAS also operates the largest electric vehicle charging network in New York State, with nearly 1,300 charging ports available to fleet units. DCAS will deploy an additional 600 charging ports over the next 18 months.

Charging infrastructure for electric vehicles

DOT is promoting two major electric vehicle charging initiatives that will accelerate the transition to electric vehicles between private vehicles in the city. First, the agency awarded a contract to install fast-charging stations in the Bronx’s White Plains Road municipal parking lot and Bensonhurst #1 municipal parking lot in Brooklyn. Each site will be equipped with four direct current (DC) fast chargers, which will allow drivers to quickly charge their electric vehicles.

In addition, DOT is partnering with the New York Power Authority to initiate a bid to purchase more than 150 Level 2 electric vehicle chargers that will be installed in 12 municipal parking lots in the Bronx, Brooklyn, Queens and Staten Island.

These efforts represent progress toward the goals of DOT’s charging plan: “Electrifying New York,” including expanding the city-operated fast charging network to more than 80 plugs and equipping 20 percent of all parking spaces in municipal public parking lots. and garages with Level 2 chargers by 2025. These projects also build on the city’s existing PlugNYC electric vehicle charging network, which will provide New Yorkers with affordable and convenient charging with 100 Level 2 chargers at the curb and fast-charging stations at the municipal Delancey-Essex and Court Square car parks.

Discounts on electric vehicle charging

In an effort to support electric vehicle adoption, DOT is partnering with the TLC to offer discounted electric vehicle charging to TLC licensed drivers at DOT’s fast charging hubs in various boroughs. DOT currently has two fast charging stations, in the Court Square Municipal Garage in Queens and the Delancey-Essex Municipal Garage in Manhattan.

Beginning September 30, 2022, drivers with a TLC license can sign up for a 15 percent discount on charging at both locations through the TLC website. TLC licensed drivers will have access to fast and affordable charging at convenient locations, with additional charging stations opening soon.

“Thirty percent of New York City’s greenhouse gas emissions come from the transportation industry. It comes second only to buildings,” said New York City Chief Climate Officer and New York City Department of Environmental Protection Commissioner Rohit T. Aggarwala. “To reduce emissions from the transport sector, more trips to sustainable modes, such as public transport, walking and cycling, as well as car journeys need to be switched to electric vehicles. I applaud our colleagues at DCAS, DOT and TLC for implementing these bold steps to combat climate change by pursuing the transition to electric vehicles.”

“Electrifying transportation, and doing it equitably, is critical to meeting our climate goals,” said Kizzy Charles-Guzman, Executive Director of the New York City Mayor of Climate and Environmental Justice. “This investment in electric vehicles and charging infrastructure is critical to ensuring New Yorkers have access to more sustainable and reliable transportation options that will improve air quality and health, especially in communities most affected by traffic pollution.”

“It’s amazing to see New York City have such a big lead when it comes to reducing our carbon emissions by expanding our city’s electric vehicle fleet at an accelerated pace,” said New York City Department of Parks and Recreation Commissioner Sue Donoghue. “We are proud that nearly 80 percent of our fleet is made up of alternative fuel units, with the largest electric vehicle fleet and charging station network in the city.”

“Emission-free and electric vehicles are the future of transport,” said DCAS Deputy Commissioner for Fleet Management Keith Kerman. “City offices are leading the way, showing that electric vehicles are ready to support critical and demanding city services. DCAS completes our largest-ever rollout of electric light replacement vehicles, bringing the fleet to more than 4,000 electric vehicles and accelerating efforts to electrify medium and heavy vehicles. Soon you will see DCAS-powered electric vehicles in every area of ​​the city.”

“The increasing influx of electric vehicles into the NYPD fleet will continue the department’s commitment to maintaining the world’s greenest police fleet, as assessed by the National Association of Fleet Administrators,” said the National Association of Fleet Administrators. New York City Police Department (NYPD) Deputy Commissioner for Support Services Robert S. Martinez. “At the same time, our NYPD pilot program is ongoing to continue to determine how best to use electric vehicles to advance the NYPD’s public safety mission.”