With so many resources, case studies, and documents available on electric vehicles, the Climate Mayors team has assembled some of the most relevant references that directly apply to municipal fleet electrification to help fleet managers, procurement staff, and sustainability/policy team members from the mayor’s office.
Fleets considering purchasing EVs should have a basic understanding of charging stations, also known as EVSE (electric vehicle supply equipment). There are three types of charging including Level One charging, Level Two Charging, and DC Fast Charging. Charging time depends on the size of the vehicle’s battery and the level of charging.
To facilitate the adoption of EVs, both consumers and fleets need a broad network of charging stations. When preparing to procure EVs for your fleet, ensure an understanding of the planning, finances, and operations of charging infrastructure.
The United States has the third-largest electric vehicle market in the world, and more than $125 billion in new EV investments in the U.S market were announced in 2020.
The EV market, like much of the vehicle industry, was hit hard by the COVID-19 pandemic throughout much of 2020. However, the EV industry fared relatively well compared to the internal combustion market. EV sales through Q3 of 2020 were approximately 6.1% lower than during the first three quarters of 2019. The biggest hits came during the first two quarters of 2020, down nearly 26% from the first two quarters of 2019, but EV sales bounced back in Q3 2020, down only 1.6% from Q3 2019.
Charging infrastructure continues to expand with the demand for EVs. Its average compounded annual growth rate across 50 metropolitan areas is 30% and charging infrastructure deployment is now in line to meet the expected charging gap through 2025.
By 2025, automakers plan to release 200 new electric car models, many of which are in the popular sport utility vehicle market segment. The EV market in the United States is likely to reach 6.9 million units by 2025. As improvements in technical performance and pricing continue, consumers and public fleets alike will have more decision-making power when purchasing EVs.