SAN JOSE, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--The Bay Area Climate Collaborative (BACC) today announced that the Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC) has awarded a $2.8 million grant to bring 90 electric vehicles (EVs) to government fleets across the San Francisco metro region. The BACC is working in partnership with Alameda County and a total of 11 jurisdictions including Sonoma County and the cities of San Francisco, Oakland, and San Jose.
Together with matching funds provided by participating agencies, the Local Government EV Fleet National Demonstration Project is worth $5 million. The grant is a part of MTC’s $33 million Climate Innovation Grants supporting clean transportation initiatives including electric taxis, car-share programs, and regional infrastructure for EVs.
“We’re thrilled to be the lead agency on this national demonstration project,” said Alameda County Fleet Manager Doug Bond. “We see an opportunity to showcase these vehicles not just locally but on a national scale, as well.”
Alameda County was awarded the NAFA Fleet Management Association Green Fleet honorable mention, and is ranked nationally as #25 in the Government Magazine's Green Fleet Awards. Additionally, Mr. Bond is a member of the Public Fleet Supervisor's Association Board.
“One of Sonoma County’s goals is to replace as many vehicles as possible with electric-vehicles and hybrids,” said Sonoma County Fleet Manager Dave Head. “We’ve moved aggressively on adding hybrids to the fleet and have seen a real cost benefit. All-electric vehicles are a natural next step for us.”
Sonoma County and Alameda County were each named one of the top 100 best fleets in 2010 by Government Fleet Magazine.
The Local Government EV Fleet National Demonstration Project will include detailed analysis as well as regional and national outreach to catalyze adoption of EVs in fleets nationwide. Anticipated to have a net annual CO2 emission reduction of 439,639 lbs. overall, these vehicles are expected to cost approximately 3 cents per mile to fuel, compared to 10 to 15 cents per mile for typical gas vehicles.
“Electric vehicles reduce costs and lessen our dangerous dependence on polluting foreign oil,” said Rafael Reyes, Director of the Bay Area Climate Collaborative. “The Local Government EV Fleet National Demonstration Project provides an innovative model that can be emulated nationwide.”
About the Bay Area Climate Collaborative
The Bay Area Climate Collaborative (BACC) is an initiative launched by the mayors of San Francisco, San Jose and Oakland to accelerate clean energy in the San Francisco Bay Area region. With its ambitious 10 point action plan, the BACC is driving innovation, such as an exciting $5 million project to bring electric vehicles to Bay Area municipal fleets in a national demonstration project. For more information on the BACC, please visit: www.baclimate.org