In October, New York City announced a new investment of $75 million in electric vehicles and charging infrastructure, as part of a plan to transition its entire vehicle fleet to EVs. The current phase of the plan includes purchasing 300 EVs to replace fossil fuel-powered models.
Now Tesmanian reports that this will include hundreds of Tesla Model 3s. Public records show a proposed contract under which the Department of City Administration would purchase Tesla Model 3s for the sum of $12,360,000, to be delivered within 5 years. The agency is expected to make a final decision this month.
The contract doesn’t state the number of cars the city will buy, but Tesmanian calculates that the amount indicates about 274 base-trim Model 3s (fewer if they are Long Range or Performance models).
“You can count on New York City to lead the way when it comes to finding sustainable climate solutions, fighting back against global warming, and building a greener future for the next generation,” said Mayor Bill de Blasio.
“The EV investment and infrastructure that we put in place today will become the foundation of a clean and reliable transportation system for the next generation of New Yorkers,” said Ben Furnas, Director of the Mayor’s Office of Climate and Sustainability. “Today’s announcement is a key example of the City’s commitment to end the age of fossil fuels, improve air quality and public health—especially in Environmental Justice communities most impacted by polluting tailpipe emissions.”