NYC also aims to be the most sustainable fleet in the country through the NYC Clean Fleet Plan, originally issued in 2015 and updated in 2021. NYC is working to reduce greenhouse gas emissions 50% by 2025, and will accelerate the transition of all light duty and medium duty on-road fleet vehicles, including law enforcement and emergency response models, and all non-emergency trucks to an all-electric on road fleet by 2035. Emergency and specialized trucks will be converted to electric models no later than 2040. In Fall 2022, in partnership with the US DOT Volpe Center, we released our NYC Clean Fleet Transition Plan, which can be found here.
The City of New York operates over 2,260 on-road electric vehicles (EVs) and plug-in hybrids. Full EVs include over 250 Nissan Leafs and over 300 Chevy Bolts, among others. The City has over 600 additional off-road EV and solar units.
DCAS is rapidly expanding its base of electric chargers to support its electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles. We have installed over 1,200 charging ports across over 800 charging stations, including over 100 fast-charging stations, at City garages and parking locations around the city. We have deployed over 80 solar carports that allow EVs to be completely independent from the electrical grid and fossil fuel energy. We have partnered with City schools to provide both solar chargers and EVs to support education programs and adopted other solar powered city equipment.
DOT is also providing some chargers from its curbside charging program for city fleet use. This memo provides guidance to City agencies on using these charging stations.
DCAS provides public access to a selected list of the fleet EV chargers above. Members of the public may charge their EVs at these sites for a nominal charging fee. Please see details on this pilot program and the map of our DCAS public access chargers. In addition, NYC DOT is rolling out a network of dedicated public access curbside EV charging sites.
In addition to plug-in hybrids, the City’s fleet has over 5,500 hybrid vehicles in a variety of makes and models. The City has been investing in hybrid vehicles for more than 15 years. Some hybrid models offer 50% better fuel economy than comparable conventional cars. The City also operates some hybrid diesel-electric trucks.
The City of New York operates over 11,000 diesel vehicles. In 2007, we began piloting the use of biodiesel blends to reduce emissions. Today, biodiesel blends are standard in all city fleet fueling sites. We improve our biodiesel blends by increasing the percentage of biodiesel and introducing renewable diesel. In accordance with federal and local law, we use diesel particulate filters and diesel emissions fluid to further reduce emissions. (Here’s our Primer on Biodiesel brochure.)
The City of New York operates over 100 CNG vehicles, including select sanitation trucks and sweepers, passenger vans, and Honda Civic sedans. We operate three CNG fuel sites to support this fleet.
The City has made major strides to reduce its fleet size, right-size vehicles, install tailpipe emissions reducing equipment, better analyze fuel use, and more. Keep up with the latest on NYC's continuing fleet sustainable efforts (use the checkboxes on the left to filter announcements by selecting "Fleet").