Port Authority of NY & NJ to electrify vehicle and airport bus fleet

26 October 2018

New York: The Port Authority of NY & NJ (PANYNJ) – the largest provider of transportation infrastructure in a U.S. metropolitan area – has joined The Climate Group’s EV100 initiative and committed to electrifying its entire fleet of vehicles and airport shuttle buses by 2030.

EV100 brings together leading companies making electric transport ‘the new normal’ by 2030, helping to address fast growing emissions from transport and reduce noise and air pollution.

As a first major milestone towards its EV100 commitment, PANYNJ will switch 50% of its 1,300 light duty vehicles to electric by 2025. The company also plans to electrify its entire fleet of 36 airport shuttle buses in the same timeframe.

Amy Davidsen, Executive Director – North America, The Climate Group, said: “By joining EV100, the Port Authority of NY & NJ is sending a powerful message that the shift to electric transport is gaining unstoppable momentum.

“Switching to electric vehicles for its fleet and airport buses will lower PANYNJ’s emissions and contribute to improving the quality of the air in the region – showing thousands of travelers what a clean and electric future looks like.”

“The Port Authority continues to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions across all of its facilities by adopting low-carbon technologies to support our initiatives,” said Christine Weydig, Director of the Office of Environmental and Energy Programs.

“Joining The Climate Group’s EV100 demonstrates the Port Authority’s commitment to fleet electrification, and serves as a call to action for our tenants and partners to electrify their vehicles and equipment. We value the knowledge-sharing platform that EV100 provides, as we seek to maintain best-in-class standards for our vehicle fleet.”

PANYNJ builds, operates and maintains transportation infrastructure such as bridges, airports, tunnels and seaports including the Port Authority Bus Terminal, the world’s busiest bus terminal, and five airports including LaGuardia Airport and John F. Kennedy International Airport. The Authority already runs the largest electric bus fleet run by any airport operator in the US.

To further accelerate the shift to electric transport in New York, PANYNJ is partnering with the New York Power Authority to develop an electric vehicle fast-charging hub at the John F. Kennedy International Airport for public and for-hire vehicles. This will be made up of centralized Direct Current Fast Chargers and will be the first such hub seen in a US airport.

PANYNJ will also procure electric cargo-handling equipment at Elizabeth Port Authority Marine Terminal, which will be the first of its kind in operation at a US port.

Committing to electric vehicles is part of PANYNJ’s wider business strategy to future-proof its operations and lessen its climate change impact. It has set a goal of reducing its own emissions by 35% by 2025, and reducing all emissions related to its facilities by 80% by 2050.

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