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It is helpful to train staff on the use of electric vehicles as there is generally a slight learning curve. Some cities have found it useful to put in place an “EV First” policy, which instructs staff to use EVs before gasoline vehicles if they are available. This simple policy influences staff to try EVs, and once staff have tried they find that EVs offer a superior driving experience. Staff should be trained on the range of EVs, faster acceleration, regenerative breaking, and charging. The EC can provide instructional resources to assist in this training process.
Many fleets that have deployed EVs have used the transition as a positive marketing opportunity for the city. With the many benefits that come from driving electric—from cost savings, to fuel savings, to environmental benefits, there are many positive messages a city can promote. Some cities have wrapped the vehicles to highlight these positive messages, and some have worked with the city marketing team to promote the vehicles.
An electrified transportation system is powered by a wide variety of domestic sources which will reduce our dependence on oil. Additionally, electric vehicles cost less to own and operate because electricity rates are low and stable, insulating public fleets from volatile oil markets. Finally, your fleet can gain local and national recognition for leading by example.