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Initiative: 5.13 Purchase, install, and maintain electric vehicles and infrastructure (CNRE)

Thriving & Vibrant Environment


Transitioning the City’s vehicle and transit fleets to electric is a key pillar of the City’s Carbon Neutrality and Renewable Energy Action Plan (CNRE). This plan commits the City to achieving 50% carbon neutrality by 2030 and 100% by 2040. The plan charges the City with replacing light-duty cars and trucks from gasoline to battery electric, adopting an electric bus purchasing policy, and continue learning about and implementing new technology as it arises. 

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As part of the City's Carbon Neutral and Renewable Energy (CNRE) Plan, the City is transitioning its vehicles from gasoline powered to electric. As of this year, the City is now in possession of 39 electric vehicles and 112 hybrid vehicles. As technology advances and more vehicles are developed the City will increase these numbers to meet its 2050 goals. 

City's electric/hybrid fleet

Why is it important?

Electrifying City vehicles and maintaining necessary infrastructure will reduce our carbon emissions and reduce harmful air pollution in the community (direct and indirect) because electric vehicles don't emit harmful gases. It will allow us to limit our reliance on fossil fuels and shift towards cleaner energy sources. In moving towards an electric fleet, we can start to consider other eco-friendly transportation such as electric buses, which can help in reducing traffic. 

What have we been doing?

  • Purchasing new electric vehicles for our City fleet to replace gas and diesel vehicles, starting with light duty fleet vehicles and transit buses. 

  • Installing EV charging infrastructure. 

  • Training our Fleet Maintenance staff to maintain these vehicles. 

  • Planning for the maintenance and disposition of the vehicles, batteries, and EV charging stations. 

What's next?

  • Continue electrifying our vehicle and transit fleets 

  • Continue to install EV charging infrastructure 

  • Plan for take-home EV charging  

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