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New York requires VTC fleets to be electrified by 2030

As the transition to cleaner, more sustainable mobility gathers pace around the world, New York City is taking the lead… The city that never sleeps has just announced its ambitious plan to fully electrify its car-sharing fleets by 2030. The decision is part of the city’s ongoing efforts to reduce its carbon footprint and improve air quality. Here’s a closer look at the details…

New York, a pioneering city

New York City has taken a major step forward by becoming the first major urban center to mandate the adoption of fleets of electric vehicles for car sharing by 2030. Mayor Eric Adams and David Do, Commissioner of the Taxi and Limousine Commission (TLC), presented the “Green Rides” initiative on Tuesday 15 August 2023. This measure provides for the conversion of the fleet to electric or wheelchair-accessible vehicles over the next decade. Overall, this strategy builds on existing federal and state incentives, which are intended to encourage the adoption of electric vehicles and gradually establish price equivalence between electric and combustion-powered vehicles by 2027.

He electrification of the vehicles that travel around New York is essential to the sustainable city we need to build. Thank you to the TLC for setting a new standard with the Green Rides initiative.

ANTONIO REYNOSO, BROOKLYN BOROUGH PRESIDENT

A precise deployment plan

Here’s the roll-out plan for the Green Rides initiative… Starting in 2024, New York will require that 5% of all high-volume for-hire trips, including those with Uber and Lyft, be routed to electric or wheelchair-accessible vehicles. This threshold will rise to 15% in 2025 and 25% in 2026. The requirements will increase by 20% each year until the end of the decade, reaching 100% in 2030. Uber and Lyft, which together account for 78,000 ride-sharing vehicles in New York, have also committed to switching to electric vehicles.

While there is still much work to be done to make this a reality, we look forward to working with the TLC to achieve zero emissions in New York in a way that benefits drivers, riders and the city.

JOSH GOLD, SENIOR DIRECTOR OF PUBLIC POLICY AND COMMUNICATIONS AT UBER

New York City currently has around 200 DC fast chargers and 1,000 Level 2 EV chargers available to the public. However, the city’s Department of Transportation plan to rapidly expand New York’s charging infrastructure to meet the demands…

Overall, New York’s goal is to halve transport emissions by 2030. According to a TLC study, the agency’s registered vehicles currently contribute around 4% of the city’s vehicle emissions. One thing is certain: New York is taking a series of ambitious measures this summer…