II. Deploy Light-Duty Municipal Fleets
Local leaders can establish goals as well as adjust procurement policy to electrify their fleets, saving taxpayer dollars, 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. Electric Vehicle Procurement
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. Modifying procurement processes can result in significantly more EVs being added to a fleet. For example, adding in a requirement to consider the total lifetime ownership costs.
C. Tools for Green Fleets
Atlas Public Policy/Electrification Coalition | DRVE Fleet Procurement Analysis Tool: The Fleet Procurement Analysis Tool equips users with decision-relevant information on the financial viability and environmental impact of light-, medium-, and heavy-duty vehicle fleet procurements. The Microsoft Excel-based tool can evaluate a variety of procurement ownership structures, vehicle types, and procurement scenarios. The tool compares procurements side-by-side on a cost-per-mile basis and provides an analysis of cash flows and location-specific lifecycle emissions.
Argonne National Laboratory | Alternative Fuel Life-Cycle Environmental and Economic Transportation (AFLEET) Tool: The tool estimates petroleum use, greenhouse gas emissions, air pollutant emissions, and cost of ownership of light-duty and heavy-duty vehicles using simple spreadsheet inputs.