Port Authority Clean Vehicles

The Port Authority’s Clean Vehicle Program is an important component of our strategy to reduce emissions of greenhouse gases and other air pollutants.  In addition to converting our own vehicles to low-emissions models, we are adding more electric vehicle charging stations to enable our customers, tenants and partners to use their own clean vehicles and equipment for operations at or travel to our facilities.

Port Authority Green Fleet

The Port Authority has been a winner of the Green Fleet Awards every year since 2016.  But we are not resting on our laurels. We are in the process of further greening our light-duty vehicle fleet, with commitments for 50% of the fleet to be electric – a total of 600-750 vehicles – by 2025.

Port Authority Electric Fleet Vehicle - Chevrolet Bolt

Port Authority Electric Fleet Vehicle - Chevrolet Bolt

We are also in the process of electrifying 100% of the airport shuttle bus fleet – one of the largest commitments to electrify buses of any airport in the U.S.

All Electric Airport Shuttle Bus

All Electric Airport Shuttle Bus

Electric Vehicle Charging for Customers

In addition to greening our own vehicles, we are adding more electric vehicle charging stations at our facilities for use by the public and for-hire vehicles.

A new electric vehicle fast charging hub will be installed at JFK airport, comprised of 10 Direct Current Fast Chargers – allowing the public and for-hire vehicles to charge in 30 minutes or less. The fast charging hub is expected to be complete in 2020 and will be the first of its kind at any airport in the U.S.

There are existing electric vehicle charging stations available for customers at JFK, LGA and EWR, and all new terminal redevelopment will include additional charging stations in public parking facilities.

There are also charging stations at Journal Square Transportation Center and the Port Authority Bus Terminal.

Electric Vehicles Charging at Journal Square Transportation Center

Electric Vehicles Charging at Journal Square Transportation Center

Clean Electric Equipment

The Port Authority is working to support the electrification of equipment operated by our tenants and partners at the airports and marine terminals.

Electrification of Ground Support Equipment at Airports

At the airports, ground support equipment (GSE) that service aircraft is a significant source of greenhouse gas and criteria air pollutants.

The Port Authority has partnered with JetBlue and the New York Power Authority (NYPA) to secure a nearly $4 million federal grant to support the use of electric GSE at JFK Terminal 5, which is operated by JetBlue. The grant is being used to install 38 charging stations at Terminal 5, which will enable JetBlue to convert 116 gas and diesel-powered baggage tugs and belt loaders to electric models.

Charging stations for electric GSE will also be included as part of new terminal development at JFK, LGA and EWR, enabling the conversion of diesel and gasoline-powered GSE to electric models.

Electric Cargo Handling Equipment

In partnership with Maher Terminals, the Port Authority is piloting the first-ever electric cargo handling equipment – a straddle carrier – at a U.S. ocean shipping port. Straddle carriers are used to lift 30-ton cargo containers and load them onto trucks. There are over 300 in use at our Ports. If the pilot is successful, the Port Authority hopes to expand this collaborative effort to replace additional diesel-powered straddle carriers with electric models.

Kalmar All Electric Straddle Carrier (copyright Kalmar)

Kalmar All Electric Straddle Carrier (copyright Kalmar)


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