Zero Emissions

Toolkit to help local N.Y. governments switch to all-electric vehicles

Posted on September 10, 2019

New York MTA's electric bus pilot using a Proterra battery electric bus.
New York MTA's electric bus pilot using a Proterra battery electric bus.NYMTA
A New York-based environmental advocacy coalition released an electric vehicle municipal toolkit designed to help local governments transition their vehicle fleets away from fossil fuels and increase electric vehicle (EV) infrastructure. The Toolkit, developed by ElectrifyNY, will educate and mobilize local elected officials as they work to cut down on climate pollution and prepare for a clean, renewable energy future. The toolkit was designed to be a one-stop shop that includes partnerships, state and federal grant programs, and other incentives, according to the coalition.

Local governments are vital in the conversion to a renewable energy future, ElectrifyNY said in a statement. This past June, the Nassau County Legislature passed Local Law 12, which provides a long-term plan to incorporate electric vehicle fleets, EV charging infrastructure, and solar energy installations into all County operations. Steps like this will be enhanced by the comprehensive toolkit, as well as help jumpstart additional actions by local municipalities statewide.

With the recent signing into law of the groundbreaking Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act (CLCPA), New York State has emerged as a national climate leader. This legislation acts as a blueprint to move all sectors of the state’s economy off fossil fuels — including the transportation sector, which is the state’s largest source of climate pollution. As envisioned by the CLCPA, local municipalities must now lead by example and help with this transition by focusing on building renewable energy infrastructure.

Excerpt from the EV Municipal Toolkit:
Aside from the health and environmental benefits that come with reductions in air pollution, transitioning to electric vehicles will bring significant economic benefits to households, businesses, and governments. Electric vehicles are simply more efficient than their gas-guzzling counterparts, costing 50 to 70 percent less to operate. Electric vehicles have fewer moving parts than those powered by internal combustion engines, meaning a reduction in maintenance costs, which can be significant when it comes to managing municipal fleets. Fuel savings over the life of an electric vehicle can add up to thousands of dollars.

View comments or post a comment on this story. (0 Comments)

More News

LADOT orders 130 BYD battery-electric buses

Is is the largest single order of battery-electric buses to date in the U.S.

BYD, Toyota form joint R&D company to explore battery-electric vehicles

The new R&D company is anticipated to be established in China in 2020.

Alstom testing hydrogen fuel-cell train in the Netherlands

The tests will be carried out on the track between Groningen and Leeuwarden at up to approximately 87 mph and will last about two weeks.

Volvo lands its largest European all-electric bus order

The buses will be operated on several routes in Gothenburg, Sweden by Transdev.

San Diego's MTS launches battery-electric pilot program

The New Flyer buses have an average estimated range of 150 miles per charge. 

See More News

Post a Comment

Post Comment

Comments (0)

More From The World's Largest Fleet Publisher

Automotive Fleet

The Car and truck fleet and leasing management magazine

Business Fleet

managing 10-50 company vehicles

Fleet Financials

Executive vehicle management

Government Fleet

managing public sector vehicles & equipment


Work Truck Magazine

The number 1 resource for vocational truck fleets

Schoolbus Fleet

Serving school transportation professionals in the U.S. and Canada

LCT Magazine

Global Resource For Limousine and Bus Transportation