Yesterday, Ford Authority reported that New York City is investing $420 million to transition its municipal fleet to EVs by the year 2035 – five years sooner than its previous goal of 2040 shortly after President Joe Biden signed an executive order directing the U.S. government to stop buying ICE vehicles by 2027. NYC officials stated that the city would begin this transition in 2022, but it’s already gotten a head start by ordering 184 Ford Mustang Mach-E all-electric crossovers, according to the New York City Department of Citywide Administrative Services (DCAS).
DCAS expects to take delivery of this new Ford Mustang Mach-E fleet by the end of June, at which time the EVs will take the place of ICE-powered vehicles currently in use by the New York Police Department, the New York City Sheriff’s Office, the Department of Correction, the Department of Parks and Recreation, the Department of Environmental Protection, NYC Emergency Management, DCAS Police, and the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner.
“Smart investments in fleet electrification will help New York City break its dependence on fossil fuels,” said Dawn M. Pinnock, Acting Commissioner of the NYC Department of Citywide Administrative Services. “We are working successfully towards achieving the ambitious goal of an all-electric city vehicle fleet by 2035 by taking steps to fight the climate crisis every day. It’s gratifying that we are able to build an even greener city fleet while working towards a more equitable city.”
In addition to this Mach-E order, NYC officials are also considering a contract for 250 Tesla Model 3 sedans for law enforcement use, but that deal has yet to be finalized. As Ford Authority reported earlier this month, the Mach-E was recently approved for use as a registered taxi in the city as well.
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— Jim Farley (@jimfarley98) December 29, 2021
New York City will invest hundreds of millions to purchase electric vehicles and expand charging infrastructure over the next decade-plus as it aims to build an all-electric municipal vehicle fleet of light-duty, medium-duty, and non-emergency heavy-duty vehicles. Currently, that fleet consists of around 30,000 vehicles. Specialized emergency trucks, like fire engines, will stick to the 2040 goal for now if suitable EV replacements are not available sooner.