Electrify Municipal Fleets: Policy Tools
Cities and counties can lead by example and set incremental goals to electrify their municipal fleets. Workplace charging at municipal buildings encourages employees to drive EVs.
2.1. electrify municipal fleets
Municipalities can reduce both fleet emissions and operating costs while improving service to the community by replacing their fleet vehicles with EVs. Local governments should consider the following steps in making the transition to electric:
Complete a Comprehensive Fleet Assessment:
Collect data on current fleet usage (e.g. types and number of vehicles, common routes, fleet purchase policy).
Complete a multi-year total cost of ownership analysis for each vehicle (vehicle cost, fuel, maintenance, insurance, etc).
Update fleet purchasing policy to prioritize electric vehicles (if a vehicle is required) as well as transit, carshare and rideshare.
Focus on Fleet Efficiency:
Where possible, ‘Right-Size’ the fleet: prioritize transit, carshare and rideshare where financial savings can be achieved without sacrificing performance
Aggregate purchasing and shared services across departments.
Complete a multi-year total cost of ownership analysis for each vehicle (vehicle cost, fuel, maintenance, insurance, etc)
Establish City Fleet Electrification targets and replace conventional gas-powered vehicles when suitable EV options are available with equivalent operational capability.
Apply for electric vehicle purchase incentives and grants:
EV Charging Infrastructure:
Evaluate charging requirements: Level 1, Level 2, DC fast charge
Coordinate EV charger deployments with other departments.
Partner with electric utilities to install EV charging infrastructure (primarily for Level 2 and DC fast charge).