New York is taking a very big step towards the adoption of electric cars, it has been confirmed by New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio’s office that the city is going to replace more than 2,000 of its fossil-fuel powered government sedans with all-electric cars. This means that about a quarter of the city’s entire fleet will be moved to electric cars like the Nissan Leaf and Chevrolet Volt.

It has been clarified in the announcement that this plan does not apply to emergency vehicles like police cruisers as well as ambulances owned by the city, they alone account for about half of New York City’s 11,000-strong fleet of SUVs and sedans. Departments like Parks and Transportations will hand in their fossil-fuel powered cars for EVs.

This change is expected to reduce New York City’s vehicle emissions by as much as 50 percent come 2025 and almost 80 percent by 2035. The Mayor’s office did confirm that this announcement has been timed with the crucial talks on climate change that are currently underway in Paris, France. The change won’t happen overnight though, the idea is to swap out over 2,000 sedans with EVs over the next decade.

Once these vehicles have been swapped New York City may very well have the largest number of municipal electric cars in the United States, and perhaps even the world. It’s going to be a significant step forward in the adoption of electric cars which are already making inroads in the consumer market.

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