Electrifying state government fleets can save taxpayer dollars, reduce emissions, support market transformation, provide a visible example of electric vehicle technology at work, and cultivate EV champions who will help spread the word. SPARK, the State Plug-In Adoption Resource Kit, is an online database of resources and a step-by-step guide to help fleet managers and other state government officials incorporate EVs into their fleets.
Resources featured in SPARK’s searchable database include an inventory of fleet transition goals, policy guidance, case studies, legislation, technical support documents, and tools. Each step in the guide features a subset of recommended related resources from the database.
New resources, guidance, and information are added to SPARK when they become available, as policies change and the market continues to develop.
Assess and compile existing progress, goals, priorities, knowledge base, and barriers.
Set targets and timelines for emissions reductions, cost savings, and fleet composition.
Identify the agencies, officials, and partners whose buy-in you’ll need for electrification.
Calculate projected annual cost savings and emissions reductions.
Identify vehicle applications best suited for EVs, based on emissions reductions, cost savings, duty cycles, and vehicle availability.
Determine your fleet’s charging equipment needs and develop cost estimates for purchase and installation.
Develop policies to guide vehicle procurement, operation, maintenance, and charging.
Develop a multi-year budget that identifies cost savings and reinvests them into future EV acquisitions.
Amy Malaki is the Director of Partnerships and Policy at SkyNRG and SkyNRG Americas, pioneering global leaders in sustainable aviation fuel production and supply. Prior to SkyNRG, Amy was the Associate Director for the transportation portfolio at the ClimateWorks Foundation where she developed philanthropic investment strategies to advance a sustainable, equitable and low-carbon mobility system. She also pioneered the organization’s international aviation decarbonization strategy. Prior to that she focused on Asia business development at Better Place, a Silicon Valley electric vehicle network startup. She has a B.A. in Chinese and China studies from the University of Washington and an M.A. in international policy studies (energy and environment) from Stanford University.