It’s electrifying. New York City is switching to electric on a variety of vehicles, from heavy trucks to compact cars, to scrub smoke and soot from its skyline.
Mayor Michael Bloomberg announced the purchase of a new type of hybrid electric-diesel sanitation truck and an experimental electric version of the Mini Cooper compact car for use by city inspectors. He said his government would study the electric vehicle market to find ways to get more plugable trucks, buses and cars on to city streets.
The goal is to reduce carbon emitted by the city government by 30 percent by 2017, and to cut the entire city’s carbon emissions by 30 percent by 2030.
“We want the vehicles driven in New York to be more energy efficient and use cleaner fuels,” Bloomberg said on Aug. 24. “City government is leading by example.”
The city sanitation department added four hybrid trucks to its fleet — three garbage trucks from Mack Trucks and Crane Carrier and a heavy-duty electric-diesel hybrid truck from Kenworth Truck — to haul supplies.
With the help of city and state aid, private companies are following. New Deal Logistics, a northeastern trucking and logistics company in South Kearney, N.J., received nearly $303,000 from the state and city to purchase two electric trucks for use in New York City and to install a quick-charge unit on each vehicle. The trucks will replace retiring vehicles.
The company also will test solar charging technology.
New Deal Logistics also is participating in the test of off-hour truck deliveries sponsored in part by the city and conducted by researchers led by Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.