Can you guess what cars the city is buying?
The US Department of Transportation has provided $10.1 million in federal grant funding to New York City, all of which will be used on new electric vehicles to replace aging combustion-powered fleet vehicles.
Among the new acquisitions are seven Mack LR BEV 496 HP garbage trucks and 25 plug-in hybrid street sweepers, but a lot more of this money will go toward more traditional vehicles.
The Chevrolet Bolt will be the most common vehicle, with 380 examples coming to the city. This is closely followed by the Ford E-Transit van with 360 units. Finally, 150 F-150 Lightning electric pickup trucks will join the fleet.
These measures bring New York City closer to achieving its goal of a completely zero-emission fleet by 2035.
That year is also significant for the city's clean mobility plans as that is when it expects the sale of all new combustion-powered cars to become illegal. The state of New York announced its intentions for this in September 2021. After California adopted the Clean Cars II Act in August 2022, New York reaffirmed its goals for zero tailpipe emissions by the middle of the next decade.
In addition to buying new electric vehicles for government fleets, that federal grant mentioned at the outset will also be used to bolster the number of charging points that fleet vehicles can access.
Currently, some 1,300 charging points are open to fleet vehicles, with another 600 expected to be added over the next 18 months. The money from the federal grant will add another 315 units.
In recent times, New York has become stricter than ever regarding what combustion-powered cars can get away with. In 2021, it began fining drivers for exceeding noise limits. Last year, Manhattan State Senator Brad Hoylman proposed a new bill that proposed certain new vehicles should be fitted with speed limiters.
According to the American Lung Association, New York is the 14th worst city in the US for ozone pollution. With the right power generation sources, adding more EVs to the city and state will help minimize the damage.