OAKLAND, Calif, (July 15, 2014) — In a collaborative effort, several local governments and agencies in the Oakland Bay Area have added 90 all-electric vehicles to their fleets.
Alameda County Board of Supervisors President Keith Carson, the Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC), the Bay Area Climate Collaborative (BACC), and 10 other public agencies announced the rollout they're calling the largest government electric vehicle (EV) fleet deployment in the U.S. to date.
The number of vehicles being acquired by each agency is as follows: Alameda County: 26; Concord: 10; Fremont: 2; Marin Municipal Water District: 1; Oakland: 3; San Francisco: 14; San Jose: 3; Santa Rosa: 4; Sonoma County: 22; and Sonoma County Water Agency: 5. The Transportation Authority of Marin also participated with additional support for the Marin Municipal Water District.
The deployment is one in a series that the BACC and its partners are undertaking to assist public agencies in incorporating EVs into their fleets. The groups claim the rollout will yield operational cost savings of more than $500,000 while reducing CO2 by some 2 million pounds over five years. The effort “supports the region's efforts to establish the Bay Area as the ‘EV Capital of the U.S.'” the groups said, and also helps meet California Gov. Jerry Brown's goal of 1.5 million EVs on the state's roads by 2025.
Alameda County has led the collaborative procurement effort for the vehicles and the forthcoming procurement of charging equipment later this year, according to the BACC. With the addition of its 26 EVs, the county's fleet of electric or hybrid vehicles increases to more than 50.
“By replacing older fleet vehicles with clean EVs, we're greatly reducing pollution while saving our taxpayers money on fuel costs,” Alameda County's Mr. Carson said. “By combining some of these EVs with on-site solar power charging stations, we are one of the nation's leaders in the use of green vehicles.”
The all-electric vehicles—likely to be 64 Ford Focus sedans, 23 Nissan LEAF sedans and three Zenith vans—were purchased with $2.8 million in funding support from MTC, which offset the incremental cost of the EVs and charging infrastructure. Local agency vehicle replacement funds made up the balance of the investment, according to the BACC.