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Climate Mayors EV Purchasing Collaborative Announces More Than 140 Cities and Counties Have Committed to Purchasing Over 2,100 EVs by 2020

The Collaborative also unveiled plans to release a new, competitive bid to add electric school buses to the platform.

HONOLULU, HI – JUNE 27, 2019

Today, at the second-annual Climate Mayors Summit in Honolulu, Hawaii, 127 cities and 15 counties from across 38 states joined the Climate Mayors Electric Vehicle Purchasing Collaborative, and committed to purchasing more than 2,100 electric vehicles by the end of 2020.

The Collaborative also announced plans to place a competitive bid on electric school buses by the end of this year, which will enable all electric school bus manufacturers to offer any public school system in the country access to equal, competitive prices.

“The clean transportation revolution is not a distant vision for the far-off future — it’s a reality hitting the streets of Los Angeles and cities around the world,” said Climate Mayors Founder and Co-Chair Eric Garcetti. “By pooling our purchasing power, Climate Mayors are sending a powerful message to the global car market: if you build electric vehicles, we will buy them.

In 2018, Mayor Garcetti announced the launch of the Collaborative — an online portal that provides cities with a single, equal price for electric vehicles and charging infrastructure by aggregating the demand from Climate Mayors cities and other public agencies, along with expert policy and planning guidance. The number of cities has more than quintupled since that announcement — growing to more than 127 cities and 15 counties from across 38 states with a total commitment of over 2100 EVs by 2020.

Climate Mayors procurement partner, Sourcewell, will be releasing a new national solicitation for electric school buses by the end of the year. With more than 470,000 school buses operating across the country, lower prices and reduced administrative work will help school systems with smaller budgets provide their students with zero-emission transportation.

By transitioning city fleets to EVs, cities are leading by example: helping to cut greenhouse gas emissions that are warming the planet, saving taxpayer money, improving public health and reducing our nation’s dependence on oil. By the end of 2020, the EV commitments have the potential to:

  • Cut gas usage by up to 1 million gallons each year;
  • Transition to 25 million electric miles driven each year; and
  • Add more than $75 million in purchasing power to the electric vehicle market.

“The electrification of Honolulu’s city and bus fleets will go a long way in making our island more sustainable and resilient in the face of the current climate crisis,” said Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell. “However, it will also improve the natural environment for our residents and visitors by eliminating smoky exhaust fumes and noise pollution from our communities. By coming together under one umbrella with this EV Collaborative, mayors across the country are increasing the purchasing power of taxpayers while also showing love for Mother Nature.”

“Cities across the country are demonstrating critical leadership by committing to transition their fleets to electrification – reducing our dependence on oil, while also improving our nation’s health, and our economic and national security,” said Ben Prochazka, Vice President of the Electrification Coalition. “We hope other mayors around the country will see this as a call to action and plug their fleets into the Climate Mayors EV Purchasing Collaborative.”

In agreeing to purchase electric vehicles through the Collaborative, cities and counties gain access to competitively-priced electric vehicles and charging infrastructure, as well as reduced-cost leasing options through state and federal tax credits.

With support from Bloomberg Philanthropies, the Collaborative is working with the American Cities Climate Challenge, a group of 25 of the largest U.S. cities pursuing ambitious goals to cut emissions and fight climate change from the bottom-up. American Cities Climate Challenge cities represent about 700 vehicles of the commitment.

Launched in September 2018, the Collaborative is a partnership between Climate Mayors, the Electrification Coalition, and Sourcewell, a national transit fleet transition program that works with cities and other public agencies to accelerate the electrification of national ground transit fleets.

A Year of Growth and Impact

When the Collaborative launched, the program had an initial count of 22 cities and counties committed to purchasing 391 EVs. In just one year, this cohort has grown nearly tenfold to include more than 160 cities, counties, public transit agencies, and port authorities that are committed purchasing to more than 2,400 electric vehicles.

The Climate Mayors EV Purchasing Collaborative (the Collaborative) is a partnership between the Climate Mayors, the Electrification Coalition, and Sourcewell. The Collaborative works to reduce the costs and barriers to electrifying fleets to make it easy for public fleets to go electric.  The online portal provides municipalities with equal access to competitively solicited electric vehicles and charging infrastructure, leasing options that can monetize state and federal tax credits, and 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 fall, we are celebrating the significant progress that we have made to advance EV fleet transitions since we launched the Collaborative last September.

The Collaborative team has spent this year helping public agencies understand the benefits of EVs and making it easier for them to execute and implement their green fleet goals. Local governments throughout the country have been able to access the most popular vehicle models and reduce administrative time across the board by using the Collaborative.

A highlight from this year was the major announcement of commitments in June at the Climate Summit in Honolulu with Climate Mayors founder and chair, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti (@MayorOfLA); co-chairs Boston Mayor Marty Walsh (@marty_walsh) and Knoxville Mayor Madeline Rogero (@MayorRogero); and Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell (@MayorKirkHNL).  Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti also received the Mayors’ Climate Protection Award  at the U.S. Conference of Mayors Annual Meeting for the transformative work achieved by the Collaborative team.

Looking ahead, the Collaborative partners are focused on expanding the offerings through the platform, including (and going beyond) light duty vehicles. An electric school bus procurement will be opening soon to national vendors. The portal is also poised to add transit buses and medium- and heavy-duty vehicles that are electric. In the short term, we are working to add equipment such as electric street sweepers to continue to reduce emissions and oil dependence. We will also be focused on expanding the reach of the Collaborative as we continue to gather commitments. Please reach out to EVfleets@electrificationcoalition.org or call 800-267-7830 to find out more and join the cohort of leading cities that are expanding the transformative impact of the Collaborative!

Collaborative Social Media Toolkit

We need your help to expand the reach and impact of the announcement on June 27th via various social media platforms. Below, you’ll find sample content for your consideration.

FAQs & Committed Cities

Want to know more about the Collaborative? Read through our FAQs and view our list of committed cities.

Case Studies

Municipal Fleet Electrification – Chula Vista, CA