Non-governmental organizations (NGOs), including Energy Vision, the New York League of Conservation Voters and WE ACT for Environmental Justice, are calling on New York City to stop buying heavy-duty diesel vehicles for its municipal fleets and to adopt alternatives that are available today.
Specifically, they are asking the city and Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) to take the following actions:
- Stop allocating funds for the purchase of new heavy-duty diesel trucks and MTA diesel buses;
- Focus new heavy-duty vehicle purchases on the best diesel alternatives, such as electric vehicles or renewable natural gas (RNG) vehicles; and
- Make the necessary capital expenditures on infrastructure and fleet garage modifications to support implementation of these alternatives.
By Betsy Lillian, NGT News.