Mayors Ask Automakers to Increase Production
To Aid Them in the Fight Against Climate Change,
As Many as 24,000 May Be Purchased for Their Fleets
The mayors of Los Angeles, San Francisco, Portland, and Seattle today released the nation’s first multi-city request to the automobile industry to help municipalities reduce fuel and maintenance costs by deploying increased numbers of electric vehicles.
“The four cities could buy or lease up to 24,000 electric vehicles for their fleets, if automobile and truck manufacturers are able to meet the demand and provide appropriate pricing,” states a release.
The RFI follows a closed-door meeting hosted by Los Angeles sustainability chief Matt Petersen at ACT Expo 2016 in Long Beach.
‘The First Effort of Its Kind’
The multi-city RFI is said to represent “the first effort of its kind to include municipalities from different states, demonstrating the purchasing power of local governments to transform the electric vehicle market.
“By moving to electric vehicles, cities can reduce greenhouse gas emissions, decrease reliance on fossil fuels, and improve air quality while reducing fuel and maintenance costs by an estimated average of 37%,” the announcement states.
‘We Can Set an Example’
“Every community has the power to fight climate change, and we do not need to wait for any one person or government to show us the way,” Los Angeles Eric Mayor Garcetti says in the RFI announcement.
“By acting together as cities, we can set an example for our neighbors, spur clean energy innovation, clean our air, and accelerate the inevitable transition to a low-carbon, opportunity-rich future for everyone.”
More Cities Expected to Join
“In the next few weeks,” Peterson told potential respondents, “we will be adding additional fleet numbers to the RFI.” They will be drawn from the 51 members of the Mayors’ National Climate Action Agenda, he said, “significantly increasing this total.”
Responses to the RFI are due March 1.
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Source: City of Los Angeles with Fleets & Fuels follow-up