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Los Angeles Plans Largest EV Fleet

September 13, 2015 in Electric Drive, EVs, Fleet Order by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

City Agencies to Lease 160 Pure Battery Vehicles and 128 PHEVs

Los Angeles will soon have bragging rights to the most all-electric vehicles of any city in America, as Mayor Eric Garcetti pledged to lease 160 battery electric vehicles and 128 plug-in hybrids “to advance sustainability goals and save taxpayers money.”

Getting even greener in Los Angeles: LAPD Chief Charlie Beck and Mayor Eric Garcetti.

Getting even greener in Los Angeles: LAPD Chief Charlie Beck and Mayor Eric Garcetti.

“This year, Los Angeles will become home to the largest city-owned fleet of pure battery electric vehicles anywhere in the country, and we will save taxpayer dollars along the way,” Garcetti said in an announcement Friday.

The Los Angeles Police Department will get 100 of the battery EVs marking “the largest single departmental procurement to date.” The cars will be used by detectives, investigators, and administrative employees.

LADWP, the Los Angeles Department of Water & Power, will lease 44 battery electrics and 113 of the plug-ins.

‘Environmental and Economic Sense’

“EVs make environmental and economic sense to the City of Los Angeles, and LADWP is pleased to support the Mayor’s goal to have EVs become the majority of our fleet,” LADWP general manager Marcie Edwards said in the Garcetti release.

“We already have 67 EVs in our motor pool, and will purchase even more to replace our older gasoline vehicles,” Edwards said. “LADWP’s motor pool also includes plug-in hybrid trucks — which are not only better for air quality but quieter and therefore ‘friendlier’ to the neighborhoods we serve.”

Testing a Tesla Too

The change in vehicle procurement policy, says the Mayor’s office, will

  • cut operating costs of the vehicles by an estimated 41% (21¢ per mile for EVs versus 37¢ per mile for conventional vehicles);
  • free up budget dollars currently allocated to finance the purchase vehicles, so City departments can invest in key infrastructure upgrades; and
  • reduce greenhouse gas emissions, the equivalent to planting over 20,000 trees, while lowering harmful smog forming pollutants like NOx and hydrocarbons.

The Los Angeles Fire and General Services Departments will also get EVs and PHEVs.

BMW i8 and Tesla Model S in LAPD livery

BMW i8 and Tesla Model S in LAPD livery

In addition to the 288 new battery electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles, the LAPD is also being loaned a Tesla Model S P85D and a BMW i, says the Mayor’s office. “These vehicles will be used for testing and research by LAPD technical experts to determine how this technology can support their future needs.”

In addition, the department has also purchased 23 electric scooters and three electric motorcycles for use by patrol officers.

Source: Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti with Fleets & Fuels follow-up

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