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Fleet Sustainability

Solar Carports including two electric cars in front of the Unisphere at the annual NYC Fleet Show in Flushing Meadow Park 2017
Solar Carports at the annual NYC Fleet Show in 2017
Sanitation truck with Vision Zero side guard in the back of One Centre Street
We fuel our trucks with biodiesel and renewable diesel

New York City's Fleet is the Greenest in the Nation

Through the NYC Clean Fleet Plan, NYC also aims to be the most sustainable fleet in the country. NYC is working to reduce greenhouse gas emissions 50% by 2025, and transition to all electric on road fleet units by 2040. Learn more with these DCAS Fleet Management Sustainability Facts.

Electric Vehicles and Plug-in Hybrids

The City of New York operates over 2,260 on-road electric vehicles (EVs) and plug-in hybrids. Full EVs include over 250 Nissan Leafs and over 300 Chevy Bolts, among others. The City has over 600 additional off-road EV and solar units.

Electric Chargers and Solar Power

DCAS is rapidly expanding its base of electric chargers to support its electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles. We have installed 1,005 charging ports across 696 charging stations, including 62 fast-charging stations, at City garages and parking locations around the city. We have deployed 87 solar carports from Envision Solar that allow EVs to be completely independent from the electrical grid and fossil fuel energy. We have partnered with City schools to provide both solar chargers and EVs to support education programs and adopted other solar powered city equipment. The City is currently piloting programs to install chargers to support EV use by the public.

For City Vehicle Operators: Check this map of locations or the list of addresses for EV charging sites. (Map last updated on July 22, 2021.)

NYC has a pilot program for public access to select EV chargers, and NYC DOT is also establishing curbside EV charging.

Hybrids

In addition to plug-in hybrids, the City’s fleet has over 5,500 hybrid vehicles in a variety of makes and models. The City has been investing in hybrid vehicles for more than 15 years. Some hybrid models offer 50% better fuel economy than comparable conventional cars. The City also operates some hybrid diesel-electric trucks.

Biodiesel and Renewable Diesel

The City of New York operates over 11,000 diesel vehicles. In 2007, we began piloting the use of biodiesel blends to reduce emissions. Today, biodiesel blends are standard in all city fleet fueling sites. We improve our biodiesel blends by increasing the percentage of biodiesel and introducing renewable diesel. In accordance with federal and local law, we use diesel particulate filters and diesel emissions fluid to further reduce emissions. (Here’s our Primer on Biodiesel brochure.)

Natural Gas (CNG)

The City of New York operates over 100 CNG vehicles, including select sanitation trucks and sweepers, passenger vans, and Honda Civic sedans. We operate three CNG fuel sites to support this fleet.

The City has made major strides to reduce its fleet size, right-size vehicles, install tailpipe emissions reducing equipment, better analyze fuel use, and more. Keep up with the latest on NYC's continuing fleet sustainable efforts (use the checkboxes on the left to filter announcements by selecting "Fleet").

Fleet Sustainability Links