II. ESTABLISH EV MUNICIPAL FLEET GOALS

Local leaders can establish goals to electrify their fleets to 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. EVs provide an overall reduction in fuel costs and maintenance requirements so their total cost of ownership is frequently lower than traditional internal combustion vehicles. 

A. Set Procurement Goals
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Articulate what the municipality or county is trying to accomplish by transitioning to electric vehicles (EV). List out any metrics of success, such as economic, environmental, public health, climate change, or public relations. 

 

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B. Model Green Fleets
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Exemplar Green Fleet Guides:

GO DEEPER ON FLEET CONVERSION CONSIDERATIONS

Many local governments have a few EVs in their fleet and are considering the complete fleet transition to electric. Shifting city fleet vehicles requires coordination across a multitude of departments that have not traditionally been involved in fleet decisions. For example, in working out the charging infrastructure the public services department may be involved in engaging with the local utility; the public works department may help decide where to site the equipment; the finance department may handle the purchase of the units; and the information technology department may handle the wifi and software.

C. Climate Mayors' EV Purchasing Collaborative
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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.

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Fleet Conversion 

Considerations

Many local governments have a few EVs in their fleet and are examining the complete fleet transition to electric. Shifting city fleet vehicles requires coordination across a multitude of departments that have not traditionally been involved in fleet decisions. For example, in working out the charging infrastructure the public services department may be involved in engaging with the local utility; the public works department may help decide where to site the equipment; the finance department may handle the purchase of the units; and the information technology department may handle the wifi and software. Click on learn more to take a deeper look at fleet conversion considerations.