Obscure Agency buys Mach-E electric vehicles

The Intertubes are all buzzing with the news that New York City just spent $ 11.5 million to purchase 184 Ford Mustang Mach-E GT crossover SUV electric vehicles to distribute between the NYPD and various others. city ​​agencies.

184 Ford Mustang Mach-E electric vehicles and the NYC DCAS

As of this writing, Ford has not issued a press release for the newsworthy news, having left it to a little-known New York City agency, the city’s Department of Administrative Services.

DCAS dropped its press release on December 29, announcing it was “placing an order” for 184 Ford Mustang Mach-E electric vehicles. The wording indicates that the paper trail has not yet reached its final conclusion. However, the deal appears to be done for all intents and purposes, as the contract was registered on December 22. Our friends back home Detroit News also confirmed that all 184 EVs are Mach-E GTs, which is the high-performance version of the popular all-electric plug-in, but not to be confused with the GT “Performance Edition”.

That’s great news, but it pales in comparison to a similar announcement in September, when DCAS announced it had earmarked $ 75 million for a comprehensive list of fleet electrification programs, including :

    1. 300 electric vehicles to replace fossil fuel models
    2. 275 fast vehicle chargers
    3. 20 portable vehicle chargers
    4. 11 new solar charging shelters
    5. 3 electric buses to replace diesel models
    6. 78 electric ambulances

The September investment program also included funding to upgrade 125 electric-drive diesel trucks.

NYC DCAS ♥ Electric vehicles

New York City regularly appears on the CleanTechnica radar, some interesting examples being flux batteries and electric beer delivery trucks. Reviewing e-bikes on the streets of New York has also become a habit, including Fuell’s dual-battery Flluid electric bike and a prototype Harley-Davidson Serial 1 electric bike.

However, DCAS has been virtually invisible. The only exception came in 2016, when our own James Ayre took note of a purchase of 50 Chevy Bolt EV cars, and last month, when Johanna Crider reported on a Bloomberg taken regarding a 250-car deal being considered for the purchase of electric vehicles from Tesla. The contract would provide the city with the ability to purchase any number of cars up to 250, including zero.

That’s not much attention for a municipal agency that has taken responsibility for converting the municipal fleet of nearly 30,000 vehicles to electric propulsion by 2035. DCAS also oversees 56 public buildings in New York City and purchases more $ 1 billion worth of supplies and equipment each year. , which puts that $ 11.5 million contract into perspective.

In fact, as DCAS points out, the initial $ 11.5 million order for 184 Mustang Mach-E electric vehicles is a small potato compared to a $ 420 million emissions reduction investment program. New York Mayor Bill DeBlasio announced as a farewell gift to the mayor-elect. Eric Adams on December 22, which is the responsibility of DCAS to administer.

$ 420 million to decarbonize New York City’s vehicle fleet

New York City’s $ 420 million vehicle decarbonization program appears to have slipped under the CleanTechnica radar, then this would be a good time to catch up.

As Mayor DeBlasio and DCAS explain, the $ 420 million will be used to purchase 1,250 electric vehicles in 2022 and to install at least 1,776 fast charging stations by 2030, including at least 100 will be open to the public.

The city also plans to add 180 transportable chargers and solar-powered carports for electric vehicles, which could be set up in different locations for emergency response and other needs.

Fans of 100% electrification might not be happy to learn that the vehicle decarbonization plan also includes renewable diesel, at least for now.

The city predicts that it will take time to electrify fire trucks and other heavy equipment used in emergency response, although renewable diesel may be relegated to back-up use. Oshkosh, for example, just introduced an electric fire truck fitted with diesel tanks if more juice is needed. The interest of the US military in electric vehicles could also help accelerate the transition to electric propulsion for specialized vehicles.

And the buildings?

Decarbonizing vehicle fleets is actually the most achievable part of the city’s $ 4.6 billion 10-year climate action plan. Spraying the fossil fuel footprint of municipal buildings is a whole different box of worms.

To help take that, the city is also advocating for the construction of two new transmission lines that will bring more renewable energy into its grid, from upstate New York and Canada. It’s not so safe given the hurdles faced by clean power transmission projects in other states, so stay tuned for more.

Converting oil-fired buildings to electricity is a tough job to do. Heat pumps could play a role, along with rooftop solar panels and other on-site energy harvesting devices.

It’s true: electric vehicles cost less

Returning to that deal for up to 250 Tesla electric vehicles, last week our friends back home StreetsblogNYC heard that the deal appears to be evolving. The question of how the cars will be maintained is apparently not yet resolved, but Streetsblog quotes DCAS on the very important result.

The city’s administrative services department says the $ 49,000 Tesla saves money: the typical NYPD patrol car or SUV goes from $ 35,000 to almost $ 58,000, but then requires expensive fuel and also much more maintenance than electric cars generally require. ” Streetsblog writing.

The typical gasoline-powered police car puts considerable miles on the engine at idle, so the overall result of electrification is more efficient use of machinery. The move to charging stations will also result in significant savings in the costs of operating and maintaining fuel depots.

The potential for home charging could also help create further labor savings, by eliminating detours to gas stations. In this regard, it should be mentioned that public gas stations in New York and other cities are regularly disappearing.

A quick glance at recent Ford press releases reveals an added benefit. Ford last week pointed out that its new all-electric Lightning F-150 pickup truck has vehicle-to-vehicle battery charging capability, which would provide additional flexibility in the event of an emergency or other unforeseen circumstances.

As for those 184 new Mustang Mach-E GT EVs, why stop at GT when you can beat New York to the fist and get the Performance Edition?

“Taking you to the next level of all-electric exhilaration, the GT Performance Edition harnesses 480 horsepower and 634 lb-ft. torque of the tires to go from 0 to 100 km / h in 3.5 seconds, ”observes Ford, adding that the estimated battery range on the Performance edition is 270 miles.

My God, what are they putting in those batteries these days?

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Image (screenshot): 2022 Ford Mustang Mach-E GT Performance Edition electric vehicle (courtesy Ford Motor Company).

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