The EC recently released a new case study from the Climate Mayors Electric Vehicle Purchasing Collaborative (the Collaborative). This case study examines the City of Charlotte, North Carolina, a Collaborative fleet and American Cities Climate Challenge City, and their journey to a carbon neutral fleet by 2030. With the Collaborative’s resources, the City established a gold standard Sustainable and Resilient Fleet policy and conducted a pilot telematics program that helped demonstrate a potential operational savings of $11,400 per year by switching five vehicles to electric. The City has a plan to purchase 27 additional electric vehicles by the end of 2021, bringing the fleet total to 42 EVs.
The Collaborative is a joint effort by Climate Mayors, the Electrification Coalition, and Sourcewell working towards accelerating the transition of city fleets to electric vehicles (EVs). By creating a new and innovative cooperative purchasing mechanism, the Collaborative can reduce major barriers to fleet electrification for cities and other public agencies. Climate Mayors is a network of over 450 U.S. mayors who are committed to taking meaningful action on climate change. The Electrification Coalition (EC) is the non-partisan, non-profit organization that leads implementation of the Climate Mayors’ transportation electrification initiative, leveraging its broad experience as a municipal partner in accelerating EV adoption on a mass scale. Sourcewell, a public procurement agency, facilitates a competitive solicitation and award process for vehicles and service equipment on behalf of their 50,000+ members across North America.
The Collaborative’s partners have come together to offer a one-stop platform which connects cities with a growing selection of EVs and charging stations, transparent pricing, policy guidance, technical resources, assessment tools, and financing options that can monetize the federal EV tax credit (a current challenge for public agencies) to support cities’ fleet electrification efforts. The Collaborative also provides cities with training, best practices, educational materials, and analysis to support the successful transition of municipal fleets to electric.
For more information about how your agency can partner with the Climate Mayors EV Purchasing Collaborative to take advantage of cooperative purchasing and rich technical assistance, please visit www.DriveEVfleets.org or call (800) 267-7830.