New York City is adding 70 new electric-only and electric-hybrid vehicles to its fleet as part of PlaNYC, an effort to reduce greenhouse gases and gasoline consumption. New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg announced the addition of the new city cars at a news conference Tuesday in Woodside, Queens.
Chevrolet's Volt will make up the bulk of the vehicles, with 50 going to the New York Police Department, which uses electric scooters and golf carts. The city also bought 10 Ford Transit Connects and are test testing 10 electric Navistar trucks. These will be used by the transportation, fire, sanitation, environmental protection and parks departments.
New York City already has the country's largest municipal electric vehicle fleet, now totaling 430 electric vehicles with the infusion of these 70 vehicles.
"This is the latest and largest-ever addition of electric vehicles to the City’s fleet, which is already the largest municipal clean-air vehicle fleet in the nation,” New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg said in a statement. “We will continue to lead by example, but we also must provide New Yorkers with tools to make environmentally friendly choices in their own lives.
“When provided with the facts, people become far more likely to choose an electric vehicle. Our job is to ensure the public has the facts, ensure they can make their own decisions and ensure that if they want to drive an electric vehicle, we are providing the infrastructure needed. It’s all part of our PlaNYC agenda to create a greener, greater New York City.”
PlaNYC, is New York’s environmental effort to reduce the greenhouse gas emissions in the five boroughs in 2030 by 30 percent from 2005 levels.
Above, New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, at podium, announces the addition of 70 new electric vehicles to the city's fleet in Woodside, Queens. (July 12, 2011)