Within two years, the City plans to reduce its fleet by 1,000 vehicles in an effort to tackle emissions impacting climate change and to ensure that 80 percent of the fleet is used daily, compared to the current rate of 67 percent.
"Sustainability isn’t about maintaining the status quo, it’s about changing the way we live and get around,” de Blasio said. “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.”
Vehicles contribute to one-fifth of all climate change emissions in the United States, and the Mayor has publicly stressed his commitment to reduce City emissions 80 percent by 2050.
Currently, the City’s fleet has over 1,000 electric vehicles, over 500 electric vehicle charging stations, and newly-purchased light-duty vehicles averaging 100 miles per gallon.
This executive order comes after a February report by The New York Post indicating that de Blasio’s administration has increased the City’s fleet by over one fifth, from 25,855 to 31,159. In the official press report, the fleet number was reported at 25,690 vehicles.
The Mayor has received criticism for equipping himself with a small brigade of S.U.V.s when transporting to public events and for the 12 mile S.U.V. commute he makes daily from his residence at Gracie Mansion to a gym in Park Slope.