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NYC Joins National Push for Widespread Electric Vehicle Deployment

ANSI EVSP Lays Groundwork for Standardization Roadmap for the United States

New York, Jul 14, 2011

Big Apple streets are going green. Mayor Michael Bloomberg announced Tuesday the addition of 70 new electric vehicles to the city’s transportation services inventory, and launched an educational website to help New Yorkers understand the basic facts and benefits of electric vehicles. The initiative is part of Bloomberg’s PlaNYC agenda to work toward the vision of a greener, greater New York City, and seeks to encourage city residents to “go electric.”

“This is the latest and largest-ever addition of electric vehicles to the city’s fleet, which is already the largest municipal clean-air vehicle fleet in the nation,” said Mayor Bloomberg. “We will continue to lead by example, but we also must provide New Yorkers with tools to make environmentally friendly choices in their own lives.”

Did You Know?

  • With 430 electric vehicles, New York City boasts the largest municipal electric vehicle fleet in the country.
  • Based on NYC’s current power generation, electric vehicle use emits roughly one-fourth the carbon dioxide associated with the use of average cars. Electric vehicles do not have any tailpipe emissions and emit essentially no engine heat.
  • The Chevrolet Volt is the first electric car being used by the NYPD, which currently uses electric scooters and electric- powered golf carts on boardwalks, in parks, and in transit hubs.
  • As part of its selection as the supplier of New York City’s Taxi of Tomorrow, Nissan will provide six Nissan LEAFs to NYC taxi owners for testing in 2012, as well as the charging stations to support their use.
  • The range of an electric vehicle far exceeds the average American’s daily miles traveled.


According to a recent survey from McKinsey & Company, only 30 percent of New Yorkers are knowledgeable about electric vehicles, but providing basic information dramatically increased interest. In fact, 21 percent of consumers are more likely to purchase an electric vehicle after being educated about the facts.

The newly launched Drive Electric NYC website at provides users with the primary facts about electric cars, their environmental benefits, and how they are similar to and different from gas-fueled and hybrid cars. The site also includes a map of the city’s public charging stations and a cost calculator link to help consumers understand the total cost of an electric vehicle versus a conventional one.

The initiative is the latest example of how government, industry, and consumers are joining in the push for the widespread deployment and availability of electric vehicles nationwide.

To help accommodate this major shift in our automotive landscape, the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) has formed the Electric Vehicles Standards Panel (EVSP) to offer a neutral forum where public- and private-sector stakeholders can work cooperatively toward solutions that will help build the market for electric vehicles. The EVSP gathered in Detroit on June 20-21, to lay the groundwork for a strategic roadmap that will define the standards and conformance programs needed to enable the widespread acceptance and deployment of electric vehicles and associated infrastructure in the United States. [See related news item]

Participation in the EVSP is open to all affected parties, including representatives of the automotive, electrotechnical and utilities industries, relevant trade associations, standards development and conformity assessment organizations, government agencies, and academia.

More than forty public- and private-sector organizations representing a broad spectrum of affected stakeholders have already joined the EVSP initiative. For more information on the work of the EVSP, or to join, visit

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