The Bronx's Hunts Point neighborhood faces two enduring challenges: environmental inequity and economic insecurity. Many of the environmental stressors that Hunts Point's residents face are rooted in its primary economic engine: the Hunts Point Produce Market, which sees upwards of 15,000 truck trips per workday. The tailpipe emissions from these trucks acutely impact local air quality—with elevated rates of asthma plaguing the neighborhood—and contribute to global climate change.
Thanks to a grant from the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA), The Bronx is Breathing team will catalyze the adoption of electric trucks in Hunts Point and launch a supportive ecosystem for zero-emission freight in the state’s busiest trucking destination. The project’s keystone is a new public, multi-user freight charging hub on a former brownfield site, which will also host a worker-owned electric freight start-up and provide charging for new refrigerated EVs for food rescue organization City Harvest.