By 2025, New York City is preparing to employ the biggest municipal fleet of electric vehicles in the nation. It would have an extensive network of charging stations with it. Mayor Bill de Blasio announced a plan on Tuesday, as per which, in the coming 10 years, roughly 2,000 city-owned sedans, used by local agencies such as the Parks and Recreation Department and the Transportation Department, would be swapped with electric vehicles like Nissan Leaf and the Chevrolet Volt.
The city has nearly 11,000 sedans and sport utility vehicles in total, out of which, 50% are used mainly by the Fire Department and the Police Department for emergency purposes. Officials said the electric vehicles, a majority of which is likely to work completely without fuel, would make up roughly 50% of the city’s nonemergency fleet.
The program would probably need a capital investment of between $50 million and $80 million over a decade for supporting the making of extra charging capacity for the vehicles.
A spokeswoman for Mr. de Blasio, Amy Spitalnick, said that fuel savings would aid offset extra costs, like the higher purchase cost for electric cars. Ms. Spitalnick said that the conversion would take place in phases as present vehicles are retired, and is likely to help reduce the city government’s vehicle emissions by nearly 50% by 2025.
There are a number of aspects of the plan that still need to be sorted out, like locating extra space to house the essential charging stations.