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NYC targets electric vehicles in latest smart city moonshot

New York City's smart city innovation program, NYCx, has announced a new challenge that is counting on tech startups to amplify electric vehicle (EV) use and deploy a web of charging stations across the city.

Mayor de Blasio said in a release Monday that the city's innovation program, NYCx, which launched in October, is adding the EV challenge to its ongoing series of "moonshot challenges" that also include a contest to increase internet connectivity in New York City. The goal for the EV challenge is to help the city achieve its goal of having 20 percent of all registered motor vehicles electric by 2025.

“We are continuing to be aggressive in addressing the threat of climate change,” de Blasio said. “NYCx is mobilizing tech to accelerate our actions to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and calling on the disruptors and tech experts to join.

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