January 10, 2022.
The Governor announced that 17 clean energy proposals will move forward into feasibility studies and compete for $85 million in grants from the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA).
The grants are available in three buckets: Clean Neighborhoods Challenge, Electric Mobility Challenge, and the Electric Truck & Bus Challenge.
Back in the Spring 2021, GHPEDC lent support to a proposal called The Bronx is Breathing: Reimagining a Cleaner Hunts Point, submitted by a team led by Volvo Technology of North America and Shell Energy ReCharge to the Clean Neighborhoods program. The idea is to introduce electric vehicles into the Hunts Point waste hauling and food distribution truck fleets and build a local public charging infrastructure.
See https://www.cleanneighborhoodschallenge.org/awardees/volvo-technology-of-america for a short video and overview.
We are very pleased to annouce that Bronx Is Breathing has been approved through the first round and is one of the 17 proposals now proceeding into the Feasibility Phase which will conclude in June 2022.
· Deployment of 3 class 8 and 3 class 7 Volvo VNR all-electric refrigerated trucks by City Harvest, a Coop Market tenant
· Deployment of one new Mack LR electric refuse truck by Action Environmental on Casanova Street
· Development of new 50,000 SF Greenlots electric fueling station on vacant brownfield site at Food Center Drive & Halleck Street (EDC Site AOU-2)
· Launch of new EV independent truckers cooperative based in Hunts Point, equipped with Volvo VNR trucks
· Second life battery re-repurposing for end-of-lease battery packs