NYC Clean Fleet

  • Aiding New York City Department of Citywide Administrative Services (DCAS) to reach the 80 x 50 goals set forth by Mayor Bill de Blasio

NYC Clean Fleet: Sustainable Transportation

NYU Clean Fleet aims to aid New York City Department of Citywide Administrative Services (DCAS) to reach the 80 x 50 goals set forth by Mayor Bill de Blasio. The main goal is to identify areas of NYC where charging stations are most needed and will have the greatest impact.

This project-based course will form research teams that design and prototype technological innovations to help the NYC Fleet Division of the New York City Department of Citywide Administration (DCAS) implement Mayor de Blasio’s Clean Fleet Plan, announced in 2015 (to be provided), calling for reducing greenhouse gas emissions from the municipal fleet 50% by 2025 and 80% by 2035, which is an earlier goal than the 80×50 goal that applies citywide.

Specifically, the Clean Fleet Plan calls for adding 2,000 EVs by 2025.  While DCAS is on pace to complete this goal this calendar year, as DCAS add EVs to the fleet, it increases the burden for charging these vehicles.  The City has over 700 chargers in place with plans to add more, but this number is not sufficient to support 2,000 plus EVs.

One area of interest to DCAS is the potential to use solar canopies for EV charging as a way to build on its work in sustainable transport because battery electric vehicles charged on solar energy would have zero operating emissions.  The ultimate goal of this project is using the City’s fleet operations to demonstrate an implementable carbon free transport system and provide cleaner air while obviating the need for more power generation.

Methods & Technologies

  • Urban Planning
  • Coding
  • GIS software
  • Transportation Simulation
  • EV Charging Technology and Solar Panels
  • Internet of Things
  • NYU MakerSpace


  • Impact reviewing team
  • Data (Network Analysis) team
  • Coding team

Areas of Interest

  • Civil Engineering
  • Electrical and Computer Engineering
  • Computer Science
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • All majors welcome


  • NYU Tandon School of Engineering
  • NYC Department of Citywide Administrative Services
  • Town+Gown: NYC @NYC Department of Design and Construction

Faculty Advisor

  • Joseph Chow
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Student Leadership

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