Photo of NYC Parks' i3 cars in the Bronx courtesy of BMW.

Photo of NYC Parks' i3 cars in the Bronx courtesy of BMW.

BMW has donated 20 i3 battery-electric vehicles to NYC Parks for use in its TreesCount! 2015 program, the automaker has announced.

TreesCount! staff and volunteers will use the i3 vehicles to travel through the five boroughs to map more than 600,000 street trees, according to BMW.

"We are proud to donate 20 BMW i3 vehicles to help the city collect data that will enable it to understand the environmental and economic benefits of the street trees and inspire a new generation of New Yorkers who care about their city," said Manuel Sattig, head of brand strategy and communication for BMW of North America.

NYC Parks deployed the vehicles on May 19. The vehicles "are a perfect fit with the new technology and mapping tools we are launching during Trees Count! 2015," said Mitchell Silver, NYC Parks commissioner.

Originally posted on Government Fleet

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