New York launched a campaign to inform residents about the benefits of electric cars in an effort to meet the goal of air quality and reduce CO2 emissions.

New York added 70 electric vehicles to its fleet, which increases to 430 electric cars with the counting and have been ranked first in this initiative in the nation, said New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg. Electric cars are assigned to various city departments including Police, Fire, Corrections, Environmental Protection, Parks and Recreation, as well as for garbage, the mayor said during the ceremony they came in electric vehicles and was released the steps it takes the city to protect the environment.

Official data indicate that these electric vehicles are responsible for the emission of approximately one quarter of carbon dioxide (CO2) associated with the use of the average car in the city. They also point out that electric cars do not have emission exhaust of nitrogen oxide (NOx) and particulates (both contribute to respiratory disease) and do not emit almost no heat in the engine, reducing the sweltering heat in areas with heavy traffic.

It is expected that electric vehicles represent 0.6 percent of total energy consumption by 2015 in the Big Apple. If 70 percent of all electric vehicles are connected simultaneously to load during peak hours, demand would increase by less than two percent, according to data provided by the municipality.

As part of the initiative announced today by Bloomberg, New Yorkers can find information about these cars through the Digital City site, www.nyc.gov , where he explains the benefits to the environment. The site also provides information to users on how to guide, differences and similarities with conventional vehicles and also includes a map of public electric charging stations in the city.

They also provides a link to calculate the cost and help potential owners to understand and compare the cost of a conventional car, including petrol. The New York City working in partnership with Boston and Philadelphia to remove barriers to early adoption of electric cars by actions of low-cost, high impact. An opinion poll conducted for the city revealed that only 30 percent of New Yorkers have specific knowledge about the benefits and limitations of electric vehicles.

The study also showed that 21 percent of consumers would be more willing to buy an electric car after being educated on these cars. “We give New Yorkers tools to make decisions that help the environment. When given to know the facts, the more likely they prefer electric cars,” said Bloomberg, according to a press release.

It further indicates that the Bloomberg administration hopes to replace traditional over 13,000 yellow cabs in the city for electric vehicles. As a first step in that direction, the city is working with a manufacturer of cars and the owners of yellow cabs in a test program to study the use of these zero-emission vehicles, which will be launched in 2012. The next year, six electric cars will be part of the fleet of taxis operating in metropolitan New York’s Manhattan County.

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