Local leaders can establish goals to electrify their fleets which save taxpayer dollars while reducing pollution and providing healthier outcomes for their citizens and the environment. The economic benefits of transitioning to electric fleets is an increasingly compelling reason for  many municipal leaders. Further savings may be achieved by leveraging funds available for fleet procurement from the Volkswagen diesel emissions settlement fund.

A. Set Procurement Goals

Set procurement goals for how many electric vehicles should be in your fleet in years to come. These goals could be achieved in several ways:


  1. Develop an electric vehicle acquisition goal 

  2. Consideration of electric vehicles first for light-duty

  3. Preference for low/no emission vehicles  

  4. Allow for “Total Cost to Own” to justify EV purchase, versus only upfront purchase price

  5. Leasing options (gaining access to the federal EV tax credit)



B. Climate Mayors' EV Purchasing Collaborative

The Collaborative provides a host of resources to assist cities/counties to achieve fleet electrification -- including favorable prices on electric vehicles. Through manufacturer-direct contracts, the Collaborative leverages municipalities’ collective purchasing power to lower the cost of EVs and charging stations for public entities. The Collaborative also allows local governments to monetize a portion of the federal tax credit incentive for EVs, via an innovative EV-leasing option. Additionally, the Collaborative can help identify and prioritize which vehicles to transition first. Contact jwalker@electrificationcoalition.org for more info on how the Collaborative can assist your city or county.