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NYC Mayor Announces Electrifying Plan for City Fleet Vehicles

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Electric cars like the Mitsubishi i-MiEV will become the norm in NYC’s government fleet

In 2025, when you ask a New York City employee about its government-issued vehicle, it’s likely they’re going to say:

“It’s electric! Boogie woogie woogie.”

Or at least something similar.

If you’re wondering why New York City government employees are going to be throwing it back to junior high dances, it’s because the city’s mayor, Bill de Blasio, has announced a plan to replace non-emergency city vehicles with electric cars by 2025. The goal of this plan, which is called Clean Fleet, is to create the largest municipal electric vehicle fleet in the country.

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“A cleaner, greener fleet is yet another step toward our ambitious but necessary sustainability goals, including 80% reduction in all emissions by 2050,” said Mayor de Blasio in a recent statement. To achieve this goal, the city needs to get rid of about 2,000 SUVs and sedans. Seeing as the city owns around 11,000—half of which are used as emergency vehicles—replacing 2,000 should be a cinch.

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The plan will have an investment of about $50-$80 million over the course of the next ten years, which will cover the cost of the new electric vehicles and expanding charging capacity for them. Specific details for the Clean Fleet plan are still being ironed out, but it sounds like a terrific idea that will truly help the environment.

If you want to go green, make sure you check out our list of every electric car available in the United States.

News Source: Digital Trends

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    A born-and-raised Jersey girl, Caitlin Moran lives in Dayton, Ohio at the moment and loves getting down and nerdy with English. After recently graduating from the University of Dayton with her Masters in English Literature, Caitlin is now combining her love of writing and cars for The News Wheel. She is also continuing her love affair with traveling, broadening her knowledge of foreign automobiles. See more articles by Caitlin.