New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg announced on Tuesday that the city has added 70 new electric vehicles to their fleet. The mayor also announced plans to educate his city’s citizens about the benefits of electric automobiles.
With the new additions New York City has the largest fleet of clean-air electric vehicles in the world with 430 automobiles at their disposal.
Speaking at a press conference Bloomberg said:
“This is the latest and largest-ever addition of electric vehicles to the city’s fleet, which is already the largest municipal clean-air vehicle fleet in the nation,” while adding, “We will continue to lead by example, but we also must provide New Yorkers with tools to make environmentally friendly choices in their own lives.”
Among the cities purchases were 50 Chevrolet Volts, 10 Ford Transit Connects and 10 Navi-Star “E-Star” trucks.
According to Bloomberg:
“We expect each Volt, for example, to save more than 4,000 gallons of gasoline over its lifetime…Which, at current fuel costs, translates into $15,000 in savings for taxpayers, and because electric vehicles have fewer moving parts than gas powered vehicles we also expect them to last longer. And so we believe that these new vehicles will be in use for up to 10 years, another savings.”
The vehicles will be used by various workers including Police, Fire and Transportation officials among others.