Major National Fleet Electrification Announcement Planned for June

June 6, 2019

Climate Mayors Electric Vehicle Purchasing Collaborative is amplifying cities’ achievements at the upcoming US Conference of Mayors.

The Climate Mayors Electric Vehicle (EV) Purchasing Collaborative, (the Collaborative), which recently held a workshop on aggregated EV purchasing at the 2019 ACT Expo, is a partnership designed to accelerate the electrification of municipal fleets across the country. Through an online pricing portal and staff support, the Collaborative reduces the costs and barriers for public fleets to go electric.

A Major Announcement Planned

As part of the effort to expand participation in the Collaborative, your city or county is invited to be a part of a major announcement Climate Mayors is making at the upcoming Climate Mayors Summit on June 27, 2019, prior to the US Conference of Mayors (USCM) Annual Meeting, as we “step up” our near-term commitment to procuring public fleet EVs. This recognition of municipal leaders in fleet electrification will be led by Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, Boston Mayor Marty Walsh, and Knoxville Mayor Madeline Rogero. It’s not too late to have your municipality recognized as a leader at this event!

It’s not too late to have your municipality recognized as a leader at this event!

The Collaborative, launched in September 2018, brought together Climate Mayors, a coalition of over 400 US mayors committed to taking meaningful action on climate change, Sourcewell, and the Electrification Coalition. This online portal provides municipalities and public agencies across the country with equal access to competitively solicited electric vehicles and charging infrastructure, leasing options that can monetize state and federal tax credits, and with the staff and tools to provide fleet electrification technical support. The Collaborative also provides training, best practices, educational resources, and industry connections— creating a one-stop shop to support electric vehicle transitions for public fleets. This partnership has already recruited cities from across the country to make immediate commitments to buy EVs before the end of 2020. A list of these commitments is available on the Collaborative’s website, and is updated daily as new commitments continue to come in.

This partnership has already recruited cities from across the country to make immediate commitments to buy EVs before the end of 2020.

Reducing Barriers to Fleet Electrification

These partners will continue their efforts to work with more cities across the country to reduce the barriers of fleet electrification. The Collaborative is reducing barriers to electrification for public fleets by increasing procurement choice, including presenting innovative leasing options, reducing administrative time, aggregating national demand to lower costs, helping with pre/post-deployment planning and training, and offering cooperative purchasing/bundling for EV charging stations.

Critically, this also means that EV models are now available to fleets across the US regardless of local dealership inventory or existing state policies, such as participation in the ZEV standard.

The Collaborative is asking for your participation in this call-to-action, intended to lead by example and inspire others to be as ambitious with their public fleets. The Climate Mayors Summit is one of the largest, highest profile climate events of the year. It is a unique opportunity for Climate Mayors, as well as other cities and counties, to step up, show leadership, and demonstrate to the market that cities are committed to the EV transition. These commitments can also help drive innovation in vehicles that are available fleets.

The Climate Mayors Summit is one of the largest, highest profile climate events of the year.

The Electrification Coalition’s director of electric vehicle and smart mobility programs, Natalia Swalnick, encourages individuals to reach out to the Collaborative ahead of this announcement, to let them know what can be done to move your municipality in the direction of a meaningful public commitment to EVs.