Just recently, 10 local Bay Area Governments added 90 all-electric vehicles to their fleets.
Currently, this is the largest rollout of a fleet of EVs in the entire U.S.
These EVs consist of 64 Ford Focus Electrics, 23 Nissan LEAFs and 3 Zenith vans, which had a total cost of 2.8 million funded by the Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC).
These 90 all-electric vehicles will cut out more than $500,000 of operating costs and more than 2 million pounds of CO2 over a 5 year period.
These new EVs support Gov Brown's goal of reaching 1.5 million EVs on the roads of California by 2025, as well as the goal of the Bay Area being the "EV Capital of the U.S."
President of Alameda County Board of Supervisors, Keith Carson stated:
“By replacing older fleet vehicles with clean EVs, we’re greatly reducing pollution while saving our taxpayer money on fuel costs."
“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.”
Amy Worth, MTC Chair, added:
“Today’s rollout is an important milestone. One of the cornerstones of MTC’s Climate Initiatives program is promoting the adoption of EVs. The introduction of EVs into public agency fleets gives hundreds more drivers the chance to not only experience electric, but to tell their friends, neighbors and co-workers about their advantages.”
Ford Focus Electric
The Sonoma County Water Agency obtained 27 of those 90 EVs and their total fleet of alternative fuel vehicles is now over 300. They also currently have the title of the largest plug-in hybrid EV fleet in the country.
Jose Obregon, Sonoma County Director of General Services, announced:
"We are excited to add these vehicles to our fleet."
"On the average, with our onsite stationary fuel cell, we are able to operate these vehicles at a fuel cost that is 83% lower than a conventionally powered vehicle."
Mayor Ed Lee commented:
“America’s future lies beyond dependence on foreign oil, and in San Francisco we are taking the necessary steps to jump start our green future today.”
“In 2008, San Francisco, San Jose and Oakland committed to making the Bay Area the Electric Vehicle capital of the nation, and today we are investing in more electric vehicles for our City fleet and providing the necessary charging infrastructure to make EV a viable choice for our residents. We are saving money, improving air quality, and reducing greenhouse gas pollution because of our shared commitment to electric vehicles.”
Ron Leone, Concord Vice-Mayor, stated:
“Our fleet vehicle routes are ideally suited for EVs. The EV proposition makes a lot of sense for our fleet, and our fleet managers are excited to have vehicles that have far less maintenance required than gasoline powered cars.”
Lastly, Executive Director of the Bay Area Climate Collaborative Rafael Reyes disclosed:
“These vehicles add to a series of fleet projects facilitated in the Bay Area by the BACC for a total of 140 electric vehicles in the past 12 months, with more to come, so agencies can reduce greenhouse gas emissions, lower costs and insulate themselves from gas price hikes. These municipalities are demonstrating great leadership, showing the benefits of EVs in fleets and providing a model for other fleets to follow.”
Below are the counties/agencies to receive (including the number each gets) these 90 EVs:
- Alameda County: 26
- Sonoma County: 22
- Sonoma County Water Agency: 5
- San Francisco: 14
- Concord: 10
- Santa Rosa: 4
- Oakland: 3
- San Jose: 3
- Fremont: 2
- Marin Municipal Water District: 1