The Climate Mayors EV Purchasing Collaborative is an unprecedented effort between cities across the country to leverage their collective buying power and accelerate the conversion of municipal fleets to electric. Made up of hundreds of public fleets nationwide, the program aims to reduce the costs of electrification for all U.S. cities and public fleets by demonstrating significant demand for EVs and charging infrastructure. The Collaborative also provides training, best practices, educational resources, and analysis support, creating a one-stop shop to support EV transitions for public fleets.
The EC serves as the technical expert to support cities in their fleet transition planning. In partnership with the Collaborative, the EC developed www.driveEVfleets.org, a turnkey, one-stop online procurement portal providing municipalities equal access to competitively bid on electric vehicles and infrastructure.
Founded in 2014, Climate Mayors is a bipartisan, peer-to-peer network of 409 mayors committed to adopting, honoring, and upholding the goals of the Paris Climate Agreement. Climate Mayors are working together to demonstrate leadership on climate change through meaningful actions in their communities, and to express and build political will for effective federal and global policy.
Sourcewell is a self-supporting government organization that offers a cooperative purchasing program with over 300 awarded vendors on contract. On behalf of its 50,000 members, Sourcewell conducts competitive solicitations, awarding to the most responsive and responsible vendors.
From its founding, Second Nature has worked to expand higher education’s ability to solve pressing sustainability challenges. It mobilizes a diverse array of higher education institutions to act on bold climate commitments, to scale campus climate initiatives, and to create innovative climate solutions.
Through the Collaborative’s resources, Ann Arbor city staff adopted 20 electric vehicles, connected with other municipalities to develop an EV-ready ordinance, and gathered transit electrification research that contributed to the historic passage of its A2Zero Carbon Neutrality Plan. Read the case study.
The City of Winter Park purchased five all-electric fleet vehicles to be used by the City’s building inspectors. Utilizing the Collaborative’s competitive leasing prices on 2020 Nissan LEAFs, the City saved $6,000 over the Florida state contract and has budgeted for five new Level 2 charging stations to be installed on City-owned property. Read the case study.
The City of Cincinnati purchased three all-electric fleet vehicles, two Nissan LEAFs and one Chevrolet Bolt. The purchase comes as part of the city’s aim to reduce overall greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions to 2006 levels by 2050. Using both the Collaborative’s competitive prices on suitable vehicles through Sourcewell and access to a network of policy and technical expertise through the EC, the city committed to purchasing 20 EVs in 2020. Read the case study.
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. Read the case study.
This turnkey, one-stop, online procurement portal provides public fleets equal access to competitively bid electric vehicles and accompanying charging infrastructure, innovative financing options, and access to policy guidance and expert resources. Check out the website to learn more.
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.