The EC recently released a new case study from the Climate Mayors Electric Vehicle Purchasing Collaborative (the Collaborative). This case study examines the City of Austin, Texas, one of the 19 founding Collaborative fleets, in its mission to achieve a carbon-neutral fleet by 2020. With the help of the Collaborative’s direct factory ordering process, Austin has been able to realize an average savings of $1,300 per electric vehicle and has purchased more than 130 vehicles through the platform. More than 10% of the City’s 6,800 vehicles that have electric options available have been converted to electric, and the local transit agency aims to have a fully electric bus fleet by 2032.
The Collaborative is a joint effort by Climate Mayors, the Electrification Coalition and Sourcewell working towards accelerating the transition of city fleets to electric vehicles (EVs). By creating a new and innovative cooperative purchasing mechanism, the Collaborative can reduce major barriers to fleet electrification for cities and other public agencies. Climate Mayors is a network of over 400 U.S. mayors who are committed to taking meaningful action on climate change. The Electrification Coalition (EC) is the non-partisan, non-profit organization that leads implementation of the Climate Mayors’ transportation electrification initiative, leveraging its broad experience as a municipal partner in accelerating EV adoption on a mass scale. Sourcewell, a public procurement agency, facilitates a competitive solicitation and award process for vehicles and service equipment on behalf of their 50,000+ members across North America.
The Collaborative’s partners have come together to offer a one-stop platform which connects cities with a growing selection of EVs and charging stations, transparent pricing, policy guidance, technical resources, assessment tools, and financing options that can monetize the federal EV tax credit (a current challenge for public agencies) to support cities’ fleet electrification efforts. The Collaborative also provides cities with training, best practices, educational materials, and analysis to support the successful transition of municipal fleets to electric.
For more information about how your agency can partner with the Climate Mayors EV Purchasing Collaborative to take advantage of cooperative purchasing and rich technical assistance, please visit www.DriveEVfleets.org or call (800) 267-7830