The EC recently released a new case study from the Climate Mayors Electric Vehicle Purchasing Collaborative (the Collaborative). This case study highlights the City of Des Moines, Iowa, following Des Moines’ journey to reducing emissions and deploying EVs in a cold climate. The Collaborative provided direction, insight, and vehicle recommendations through the use of the DRVE tool, which uses careful analysis to select the best vehicles for fleets on a city-by-city basis. The City utilized leasing to procure their Nissan LEAFs through the Collaborative and are on their way to full fleet electrification.
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.