Claims ‘Largest Government Fleet Deployment in the U.S. to Date’
Ten local governments in the San Francisco Bay Area have begun taking delivery of a total of 90 battery electric vehicles. The local Metropolitan Transportation Commission and Bay Area Climate Collaborative say that “it’s the largest government fleet deployment in the U.S. to date.”
MTC provided $2.8 million in funding support. Local funds bring the total outlay to some $5 million.
Oakland’s Alameda County led the collaborative procurement effort for the vehicles – 64 Ford Focus sedans, 23 Nissan Leaf cars, and three Zenith vans, MTC-BACC says, and will lead a forthcoming procurement of charging equipment later this year. Alameda itself is getting 26 of the new EVs, taking its fleet of electric or hybrid vehicles to more than 50.
Sonoma Gets the Most
Sonoma County and the Sonoma County Water Agency purchased 27 vehicles through the program, bringing the county’s alt fuel fleet vehicle total to more than 300 – more than 30% of the agencies’ cars, vans, and light duty trucks. “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,” said Sonoma County general services director Jose Obregon said in the MTC-BACC release.
The others receiving all-battery EVs are San Francisco, Concord, Santa Rosa, San Jose, Oakland, Fremont, and the Marin Municipal Water District. Alphabetically,
Alameda County: 26 EVs,
- Concord: ten,
- Fremont: two,
- Marin Municipal Water District: one,
- Oakland: three,
- San Francisco: 14,
- San Jose: three,
- Santa Rosa: four,
- Sonoma County: 22, and
- Sonoma County Water Agency: five.
The rollout of 90 all-electric vehicles will yield operational cost savings of more than $500,000 and avoid some 2 million pounds of carbon dioxide emission over five years, says the MTC-BACC announcement. The joint initiative supports efforts to establish the San Francisco Bay Area as the ‘EV Capital of the U.S.,’ and furthers Governor Jerry Brown’s goal of 1.5 million EVs on California roads by 2025.
Off-peak charging is expected to cost from 7¢ to 14¢ per kilowatt-hour, translating to 3$ to 10¢ per miles, compared with gasoline at about 15¢ per mile.
All three battery vehicle types are manufactured in the U.S. – Ford assembles the Focus Electric in Wayne, Mich., while the Nissan Leaf is built in Smyrna, Tenn. The Dodge Ram ProMaster-based Zenith Motors 350 Cargo utility van with UQM driveline is assembled in Crestview Hills, Ky.
Also according to an MTC-BACC backgrounder, Hansel Ford supplied the Ford Focus EVs for $31,360.75; South County Nissan provided the Leaf EVs for $33,974.00; and the Zenith vans were provided by Zenith Sales of Indiana for $96,600 per vehicle.
Separately, BACC last month awarded $491,290 to deploy 29 charging stations with 78 individual charge ports across the Peninsula (Silicon Valley) and South Bay areas.
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Source: MTC and BACC with Fleets & Fuels follow-up