An all-new clean energy program has been announced for Brooklyn that will replace current New York gas-powered van models with an all-electric fleet.
The program, called the Clean Transit Access Program, received a $10 million award from the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority to electrify the fleet of alternative transportation vehicles for Brooklyn and Queens.
CTAP is a program that involves the collaboration of four New York-based companies – Dollaride, Blocpower, HEVO and Build Edison – and the goal of these local companies is to create an innovative model to provide cleaner mobility to van users in one dollar in New York, according to the CTAP press release.
Dollar vans are a valuable means of transportation for New Yorkers who reside in the transit deserts throughout New York.
Transit deserts are areas that have limited access to public transportation options. Dollar vans allow people who reside in these underserved areas to connect to public transit hubs to get where they are going.
More than 2 million New Yorkers who commute daily live in transit deserts, and more than 120,000 of those New Yorkers rely on dollar pickup trucks to get around smoothly, according to the press release.
NYSERDA President and CEO Doreen M. Harris said CTAP will not only help continue to provide reliable transportation services to transit desert residents in need, but will also serve to reduce harmful carbon emissions.
“NYSERDA is thrilled to support the CTAP program to break down the transportation barriers New Yorkers face every day,” Harris said.
“Clean transportation should be accessible to everyone, and the innovative founders of these four companies join us in showing the world that New York State is accelerating our transition to a greener, more equitable future while investing in communities. underserved to reduce the impact of polluting emissions that cause climate change.
In addition to environmentally friendly fleets, the CTAP will provide other benefits to the dollar pickup truck industry. This includes developing new routes, setting up wireless charging infrastructure for new fleets, and more.
“I grew up with vans and dollar cabs, and I still use them when I visit family in Brooklyn,” said Donnel Baird, founder and CEO of BlocPower.
“BlocPower is proud to deploy its decarbonization experience and financing services for the world’s first fleet of all-electric, one-dollar vans. This project shows once again that the most innovative ideas for curbing climate change start in the communities most affected by the crisis.
The first electric fleets will arrive in Brooklyn and Queens in late 2023. After that, the program plans to expand fleets to other New York transit deserts in 2024 and 2025.