Mayor Bill de Blasio signed an executive order that will reduce the size of the City’s on-road vehicle fleet, deepening its commitment to address climate change and reduce emissions 80 percent by 2050. The City will eliminate at least 1,000 vehicles from its fleet by June 2021 – about the same number of cars parked on the street of eight Manhattan blocks. The order will also reduce the number of take-home vehicles by at least 500 vehicles, curtail the reliance on SUVs in the City fleet and promote greater vehicle efficiency by using advanced data collection. With the order, the City estimates 10 million fewer miles will be driven by City vehicles each year, resulting in reduced congestion, cutting the City’s annual fuel consumption by 500,000 gallons, and decreasing annual emissions by 6,300 metric tons of CO2, the equivalent of burning nearly seven million pounds of coal. The City’s fleet currently has 25,690 on-road vehicles.
“Sustainability isn’t about maintaining the status quo, it’s about changing the way we live and get around,” said Mayor Bill de Blasio. “Eliminating unnecessary vehicles from our streets and replacing gas-guzzling SUVs with electric cars will bring us one step closer to our carbon emission reduction goals, which means a cleaner New York City for all.”
“The climate crisis is real and it’s urgent, and that is why we are scaling back and greening up the City’s vehicle fleet,” said Lisette Camilo, Commissioner of the NYC Department of Citywide Administrative Services. “To support Mayor de Blasio’s vision for a cleaner and safer New York, we are using new technology to right-size the City’s fleet and to more efficiently use the cars we do need.”
“Leading the charge against climate change means constantly finding new ways to increase efficiency and decrease emissions,” said Mark Chambers, Director of the Mayor’s Office of Sustainability. “This executive order uses a thorough, data-driven approach to make the nation’s greenest fleet even greener.”
This executive order is based on a data-driven approach. By removing 1,000 vehicles under the order, the City will review every agency’s fleet to ensure the vehicles are being used efficiently and will reduce the fleet size as needed. The City will increase its goal for daily vehicle usage rate from 67 percent to 80 percent. This means at least 80 percent of the City’s fleet should be used daily, except for certain emergency, specialized, or seasonal vehicles.
The Department of Citywide Administrative Services (DCAS) will also review every take-home car currently in the fleet and use vehicle data to identify usage patterns. Take-home vehicles that are underused will be re-assigned to the agency’s fleet pool, which can be used by multiple employees.
The executive order will also direct DCAS to replace at least 250 SUVs with electric plug-in sedans. In addition to environmental benefits, electric sedans have significantly lower maintenance costs.