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City adds 70 Electric Vehicles to fleet

On July 12th, 2011 Mayor Bloomberg announced the addition of 70 new electric vehicles to the City’s fleet, including 50 new “extended range” hybrid Chevrolet Volts, 10 fully electric Ford Transit Connect cargo vans, and 10 new fully electric Navi-star “E-star” utility trucks. The 70 new vehicles were purchased in part with grant funding from PlaNYC, the U.S. Department of Energy and the New York Power Authority. The City has the largest municipal electric vehicle fleet in the country, now totaling 430 electric vehicles. The new electric vehicles are expected to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 75-100% compared to conventional vehicles and are an important component in reaching the City’s 30x17 goal. 

Chevy Volt - NYPD

Ford Transit Connect - Sanitation

NYPD has 20 of the City’s 50 new Chevy Volts (pictured above left), which are electric/gasoline series hybrid sedans that use pure electric power for the first 45 miles. Once the battery is drained, a backup gasoline engine engages to charge the battery, extending the car’s range to 340 miles. These cars are expected to be driven an average of 35 miles/day and will be recharged overnight.

The Transit Connects (pictured above right) are cargo vans that can travel from 60 to 80 miles on a single charge, depending on the weight of the cargo. The Transit Connects will be used by the Departments of Correction, Transportation, Sanitation, Fire and Citywide Administrative Services.

Also on July 12th, the City and Nissan co-hosted a free screening of “Revenge of the Electric Car” and an electric vehicle showcase for the public in Central Park. To increase public awareness about electric vehicles, the City has developed a new website encouraging residents to Drive Electric NYC.  For the full press release, click here.

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