Sustainable Transportation Claims

In their 2013 report, Mark Z. Jacobson et al outlined several claims regarding the conversion New York State infrastructure to 100% WWS by 2030.  In evaluating the feasibility of their claims with regards to transportation, we will investigate the following claims:

  • Hydrogen fuel cells, electric powered vehicles, and hybrid models will be sufficient replacements for current gasoline powered vehicles by 2020.
  • All new vehicles sold in NYS must be electric battery, hydrogen fuel cell, or a electric-hydrogen hybrid by 2020.
  • HFC ships, tractors, forklifts, buses, passenger vehicles, and trucks already exist. Electric vehicles, ferries, and non-road machinery also exist.
  • Within 15 years, New York State’s entire vehicle fleet will be replaced by sustainably-powered vehicles.
  • Public transit can be streamlined and expanded to reduce transportation footprint.
  • Telecommuting is becoming a feasible corporate model to reduce transportation needs

As a starting point for our assessment of these claims, the following tables and links illustrate statistics involving private vehicle registration, public vehicle ownership, and use of sustainable fuel options.

DMV Vehicle Registrations

Vehicle Classification Statewide Registered NYC Registered
Standard Series 9,185,181 1,808,038
Commercial 784,349 70,658
Taxis 71,614 52,670
Buses 26,020 8,658
Motorcycles 345,116 40,555
Trailers 354,307 10,472
Mopeds 11,670 2,194
Ambulances 4,178 1,812


2014 operating budget $13.6 billion
Annual ridership 2,690,325,593
Average weekday ridership 8,658,764
Rail and subway lines, and bus routes 352
Rail and subway cars 8,759
Buses 5,777
Track miles 2,069
Bus route miles 2,816
Rail and subway stations 736
Employees 66,631

Electric Vehicle Charging Stations in NYS


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