Thanks to a new contract with General Motors, NYC is one step closer to reaching its goal of creating the largest electric municipal fleet in the country. The city has reached an agreement with the car manufacturer to acquire 1,000 all-electric Chevy Bolts by the end of 2017. The new electric vehicles will assist the city in reaching its objective of cutting municipal vehicle emissions in half by 2025 as part of its Clean Fleet Initiative.
The first 50 all-electric Bolts are expected to arrive in NYC in the spring of 2017. The large American-made sedan gets 238 miles on a single charge -the longest range of any electric vehicle already in use for the city. In addition to its eco-friendly charge, the car comes with a number of safety features such as forward collision alert, low-speed forward automatic breaking, and blind side alert, making it a great ride for NYC municipalities.
“As part of our OneNYC plan we are implementing 2,000 electric cars and reducing emissions in our City fleet,” said Mayor Bill de Blasio. “We reached over 500 EVs after just one year and the GM Bolt will now play a pivotal role as we make a push for 1,000 by the end of 2017.”
The Clean Fleet initiative is part of de Blasio’s ambitious goal of cutting the city’s municipal vehicles emissions in half by 2025 and by 80 percent by 2035. In addition to the new electric cars, the NYC City Council has just passed a bill that would see new EV charging stations installed in publicly accessible locations in each borough.
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