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The One NYC plan features a set of sweeping reforms focusing on growth, sustainability, resiliency and equity. One of its more aggressive goals is to reduce the City’s greenhouse gas emissions 80 percent by 2050, relative to 2005 levels.

The City plans to cut municipal vehicle emissions in half over the next 10 years, and by 2035, it will have cut those emissions by 80 percent. Dubbed NYC Clean Fleet, the plan calls for the addition of 2,000 electrical municipal vehicles by 2025, making it the largest fleet of its kind in the nation.

To put that number into context, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti announced his city’s clean vehicle initiative in September, promising 160 battery-powered electric vehicles and 128 hybrid cars. 

Currently, NYC operates 27,152 fuel-burning vehicles (including hybrids), and this fiscal year, City vehicles burned 29.2 million gallons of carbon-based fuel. To meet the goal, annual transportation sector greenhouse gas emissions will need to decrease by 7 million metric tons–12 percent of the city’s total 2005 emissions.

In 2013, transportation was responsible for about a quarter of the city’s total emissions. Mayor Bill de Blasio said this initiative is part of a crucial reform for the city.

“A cleaner, greener fleet is yet another step toward our ambitious but necessary sustainability goals,” he said. “By building the largest municipal electric vehicle fleet in the country – and potentially the world – New York City is continuing to lead by example. Cities are setting the pace on climate action.”

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