The mayor of New York City on Wednesday announced a new $75 million investment in state electric vehicles and charging infrastructure as part of a larger initiative to convert the entire city’s fleet to electric vehicles.
According to a statement, Mayor Bill de Blasio said the plan would replace 300 gas-powered city fleet vehicles and redesign 125 diesel-powered trucks to run on electricity.
The investment also includes the replacement of three diesel buses and the addition of 78 electric ambulances, the statement said.
Around 275 electric chargers, 20 portable chargers that can be carried around the city, and 11 solar charging carports will be set up in the city as a part of this initiative. According to the statement, at least 20 of these charging places will also be available for public use.
“We need to make it easy and easy for anyone to have an electric car, but that only works if there are chargers everywhere,” de Blasio said at a press conference on Wednesday. “And New York City is going to show what a big, big public effort looks like to make those Chargers available throughout the city.
“Climate change is a potential threat facing our city, our country and our world,” de Blasio said in the statement.
“Today’s announcement is the city’s commitment to ending the fossil fuel age, improving air quality, and public health—especially in environmental justice communities most affected by pollution tailpipe emissions—and tackling the urgency of the climate crisis before us.” A striking example of this is, Ben Furnas, director of the NYC Office of Climate and Sustainability, said in the statement.
In 2019, the NYC government took the initiative to install 100 fast electric vehicle chargers across the city, 90 of which are already operational, the statement said.
It currently has 2,350 on-road electric vehicles in its municipal vehicle fleet – 30,000 – the largest in the country, about 800 off-road electric and solar units, and more than 1,000 electric vehicle charging ports.
New York state bans gas cars, trucks by 2035
Meanwhile, two weeks ago, New York state enacted legislation that would effectively ban the sale of new gas passenger cars and trucks by 2035 to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and air pollution.
The measure also requires that new off-road vehicles and equipment sold in New York be zero-emissions by 2035 and zero-emissions for new medium-duty and heavy-duty vehicles by 2045.
The New York state government also proposed a regulation it said would “significantly reduce air pollution” from trucks.
According to a statement, the new regulation, modeled after California’s truck rule, will require truck manufacturers to “meet a certain annual sales percentage of zero-emissions trucks for vehicle weight classes beginning in model year 2025.” The middle will vary.”
“By the 2035 model year, at least 55 percent of all new Class 2B-3 pickup trucks and vans, 75 percent of all new Class 4-8 trucks, and 40 percent of all new Class 7-8 tractors were sold in New York State There will be zero-emissions,” the statement said.
“New York is implementing the nation’s most aggressive plan to reduce greenhouse gas emissions affecting our climate,” New York Governor Cathy Hochul said in the statement.
Hochul said, “The new law and regulation is an important milestone in our efforts and will further accelerate the transition to clean electric vehicles while helping to reduce emissions in communities burdened with pollution from cars and trucks for decades. “
This News Originally From – The Epoch Times