Rochester adds new electric vehicles, charging stations to help fight climate change

The City of Rochester is expanding its fleet of electric vehicles and charging stations in an effort to combat climate change. (photo from the City of Rochester)

Rochester, N.Y. - The City of Rochester is expanding its fleet of electric vehicles in an effort to combat climate change.

On Wednesday, Mayor Lovely Warren announced the city will also install six new public charging stations for the "green" vehicles.

The effort coincides with the City's Climate Action Plan. The plan's goal is to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 40 percent from 2010 levels by 2030.

The new cars include two 2018 Chevrolet Bolts, four 2018 Chevrolet Volts, and one Moto Electric tram shuttle.

These vehicles will join the City’s four 2014 Chevrolet Volts, which have been deployed in the Rochester Police Department, and the Water and Parking bureaus.

The cars were funded with assistance from the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority’s (NYSERDA) Cleaner Greener Communities program.

The charging stations were funded through $96,000 from the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation’s (NYSDEC) Municipal Zero-Emission Vehicle (ZEV) & ZEV Infrastructure Rebate Program.

“When President Trump pulled the United States out of the Paris Climate Accord last year, I made a promise alongside other Mayors across the country: If the federal government wouldn’t do something about climate change, we would,” Mayor Warren said in a statement Wednesday.

The six new charging stations will be placed in City parking garages and lots, and will join the five stations already installed in early 2018, and 12 dual-port public stations installed in 2014.

Mayor Warren is a part of the Electric Vehicle Purchasing Collaborative, an initiative of the Mayors National Climate Action Agenda, or “Climate Mayors.”

According to the City of Rochester, Warren and hundreds of other members are working together to reduce greenhouse gases. Rochester is one of 21 founding municipalities in the Collaborative, according to the City.

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