Medium and heavy-duty vehicles (MD/HDV) disproportionately impact disadvantaged communities (DACs); given prohibitive costs and limited technology exposure, electric transportation may seem non-viable. This project will solve this by removing transportation electrification barriers via inclusive community engagement, partnership development, and economic empowerment. The team recognizes the risks of a one size fits all mentality, instead implementing community-focused right-sized solutions benefiting both the community and fleet needs. Outcomes include 38 electric MD/HDVs deployed, 4 charging stations constructed, community members engaged, drivers / technicians trained, and STEM initiatives introduced. These will be measured via telematics, marketing campaigns, and management software.
This project will deploy 38 electric MD/HDVs in Staten Island, Hunts Point, Brooklyn, and Syracuse supported by DCFCs and advanced telematics. Fleets will employ software-enabled smart chargers to charge overnight at lower electricity rates to increase total cost of ownership (TCO) and improve grid integration.