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Hundreds of Tesla Model 3s to Be Procured by New York City in Charge Towards a Greener Future

Hundreds of Tesla Model 3s to Be Procured by New York City in Charge Towards a Greener Future

Hundreds of Tesla Model 3s will be procured by New York City, which strives to become a leader in finding sustainable climate solutions, fighting global warming and building a greener future for the next generation. The city council plans to purchase over $12 million worth of Tesla electric vehicles.

New York City plans to buy hundreds of Tesla Model 3 vehicles, according to a record posted on December 3, revealed by @SawyerMerritt/Twitter. The record states a proposed contract between the NYC Department of City Administration and Tesla for the purchase of Tesla Model 3s, which will be delivered within 5 years. The total amount of the contract is $12,360,000.

“IN THE MATTER OF a proposed contract between the Department of Citywide Administrative Services of the City of New York and Tesla, Inc., located at 3500 Deer Creek Rd., Palo Alto, CA 94304, for procuring Tesla Model 3 All-Electric Sedans. The contract is in the amount of $12,360,000.00. The term of the contract shall be five years from date of Notice of Award.PIN #: 8572200042, E-PIN #: 05622S0005001.

The proposed contractor has been selected by Sole Source Procurement Method, pursuant to Section 3-05 of the Procurement Policy Board Rules.”

The corresponding draft agreement became known during public hearings, however this is not a final confirmation that the deal took place. On December 16, the city administration will discuss this issue again and is expected to make a final decision.

It is currently unknown how many cars the city will buy, but considering the total purchase price, it can be assumed that we are talking about 274 base Model 3s. However, it should be kept in mind that, depending on which divisions the cars are allocated to, they can also be Long Range or Performance, which will have a direct impact on the number of cars that will be bought for this amount.

The EVs purchase comes as New York Mayor Bill de Blasio, the NYC Department of Citywide Administrative Services (DCAS), and the Mayor’s Office of Climate and Sustainability, announced a $75 million investment in EVs and EV charging infrastructure in late September 2021 to support the City of New York's vehicle fleet.

As described on the Official Website of the City of New York, investments include:

  • 300 electric vehicles to replace fossil fuel-powered models
  • 275 fast vehicle chargers
  • 20 portable vehicle chargers
  • 11 new solar charging carports
  • 3 electric buses to replace diesel models
  • 78 electric ambulances
  • In addition, the City will retrofit 125 existing diesel-powered trucks to be electric-powered.

“Climate change is an existential threat facing our city, our nation, and our world,” said Mayor Bill de Blasio. "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."

“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 NYC 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—and tackle the urgency of the climate crisis before us.”

“Climate change isn't bearing down on us, it's already here,” said Queens Borough President, Donovan Richards, Jr. “Queens knows the dire consequences better than anyone. Combatting this crisis requires a comprehensive approach to green infrastructure, and we applaud the City's significant investment toward fully electrifying its vehicle fleet. Greener streets and electric vehicle investments are a tremendous step forward for a more environmentally just New York. For the future of our city, we must eliminate our reliance on fossil fuels, and I look forward to helping ensure Queens is at the forefront of our green revolution.”

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Eva Fox joined Tesmanian in 2019 to cover breaking news as an automotive journalist. The main topics that she covers are clean energy and electric vehicles. As a journalist, Eva is specialized in Tesla and topics related to the work and development of the company.

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