New York City Hopes To Have Nation’s Largest Electric Car Fleet By 2025


Nissan LEAF Taxi in the New York City

Nissan LEAF Taxi in the New York City

New York City intends to purchase around 2,000 plug-in electric cars (around 18% of 11,000-unit fleet) by 2025, which would be on average approximately 200 per year.

Cars like the Nissan LEAF and Chevrolet Volt would be forwarded to non emergency fleets like the Transportation Department and the Parks and Recreation Department.

It’s estimated that the plan announced by Mayor Bill de Blasio will cost the city between $50 million and $80 million over 10 years.

“The program is expected to require a capital investment of between $50 million and $80 million over 10 years, to support the creation of additional charging capacity for the vehicles.”

Introduction of EVs will be conducted in phases, as older conventional cars get retired.

New York City would then have the largest municipal fleet of EVs in the U.S., provided no other city one ups New York over the next 10 years.

Source: The New York Times

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Cities can really benefit from EVs. The density of the cars and population really concentrates the density of the pollution.

I hope the vast majority are BEVs and not PHEVs. It’s an open secret in NYC that many of the city-owned PHEVs never get charged and run solely on gas.

No real chance of being Volt taxi.
The back seat aren’t spacious enough to accomodate customer.
Contrary to the Leaf.

The Leaf is a terrible choice of taxi compared to E-NV200

They tested 3 cars in NYC, if published reports can be believed, which to me, sound very reasonable:

1). Nissan Leaf failed since battery went dead way to fast even in nice weather.

2). Tesla Model S had enough battery, but was too expensive.

3). Only practical car that COULD be used for a Taxi was deemed to be the BYD wagon.

PHEVs are not a good choice for corporate and municipal fleets. Its hard to force the empleyees to charge them, when they can use gas comfortably.

Can we get a little spill-over into Philadelphia?