The city of New York has announced plans to spend $10.1 million on the purchase of 925 electric vehicles and the installation of 315 new EV charging stations. The funding for this project will come from the US Department of Transportation, in the form of a federal grant.
The new electric vehicles will include 382 Chevrolet Bolts, 360 Ford E-Transit vans, 150 Ford F-150 E-Lightning pickup trucks, 25 plug-in hybrid street sweepers, and seven Mack LR BEV garbage trucks. This marks the first time that the New York City Department of Sanitation will be using electric garbage trucks, following a successful pilot program.
The addition of these electric pickup trucks and vans also brings the New York City Department of Citywide Administrative Services closer to its goal of having an all-electric light- and medium-duty fleet by 2035.
The city of New York operates more than 6,000 pickup trucks and vans, which make up 25% of the total on-road fleet. In September 2022, the Department of Citywide Administrative Services (DCAS) achieved its goal of transitioning 4,000 vehicles in the city fleet to electric, three years ahead of schedule. The electric fleet includes a diverse range of vehicles, including 200 Ford Mustang Mach Es (mostly used for law enforcement) and 850 Chevy Bolts.
The Department of Citywide Administrative Services (DCAS) in New York City plans to operate over 5,000 electric vehicles (EVs) by June 2023. The agency has already ordered the first three electric buses for the New York City Department of Correction, and is in the process of securing EV contracts for box trucks and garbage trucks for the New York City Department of Parks and Recreation, as well as more electric cars to replace gas-powered vehicles.
DCAS also operates the largest EV charging network in New York State, with more than 1,300 charging ports for fleet vehicles. In the next 18 months, the agency plans to add an additional 600 charging ports, and has recently received funding for the purchase of 315 additional charging units.