Pittsburgh announces partnership to purchase electric vehicles
July 9, 2019
At the second-annual Climate Mayors Summit in Honolulu, Hawaii, Climate Mayors Electric Vehicle Purchasing Collaborative ("the Collaborative") - with which the City of Pittsburgh is partnering to electrify its city fleet - announced that 127 cities and 15 counties from across 38 states, including the District of Columbia, have joined the Collaborative and committed to purchasing more than 2100 electric vehicles (EVs) by the end of 2020.
The City of Pittsburgh has committed to a fossil fuel free fleet by 2030 - helping to improve citywide air quality and public health. As of July, 2019, the city already owns and operates 19 fully electric vehicles.
By transitioning to EVs, cities like Pittsburgh are leading by example: helping to cut greenhouse gas emissions that are warming the planet, saving taxpayer money, improving public health, and reducing our nation's dependency on oil. With 127 cities committing to the Collaborative by the end of 2020, the EV commitments have the potential to:
• Cut gas usage by up to 1 million gallons each year;
• Transition to 25 million electric miles driven each year; and
• Add more than $75 million in purchasing power to the electric vehicle market
As part of Climate Mayors' commitment to grow participation and offerings in the collaborative, its procurement partner, Sourcewell, will be releasing a new national solicitation for electric school buses by the end of the year, enabling all electric school bus manufacturers to participate and become readily available for any public school system to access at competitive prices.
The collaborative will continue to expand in the future, including to transit buses and other vehicle types. With more than 470,000 school buses and 70,000 transit buses operating across the country, transitioning to electric school buses creates a big opportunity to make it easier for school children and across the U.S. to travel on a zero-emission bus.
"The clean transportation revolution is not a distant vision for the far-off future - it's a reality hitting the streets of Los Angeles and cities around the world," said Climate Mayors' Founder and Co-Chair Eric Garcetti. "By expanding this innovative platform with zero-emission school buses and thousands of new commitments for electric vehicles, Climate Mayors are sending a powerful message to the global car market: if you build electric vehicles, we will buy them."
"By committing to a fossil fuel free fleet by 2030, the City of Pittsburgh is tackling the transportation sector, a major contributor to poor air quality and carbon emissions, to improve the health of its residents and employees. We're also powering the city's electric vehicles with solar energy generated at our Second Avenue parking lot, and working to break down barriers for EV adoption for all of our residents by simplifying and expanding charging availability," said Mayor William Peduto.
"The electrification of Honolulu's city and bus fleets will go a long way in making our island more sustainable and resilient in the face of the current climate crisis," said Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell. "However, it will also improve the natural environment for our residents and visitors by eliminating smoky exhaust fumes and noise pollution from our communities. By coming together under one umbrella with this EV Collaborative, mayors across the country are increasing the purchasing power of taxpayers while also showing love for Mother Nature."
"Cities across the country are demonstrating critical leadership by committing to transition their fleets to electrification - reducing our dependence on oil, while also improving our nation's health, and our economic and national security," said Ben Prochazka, vice president of the Electrification Coalition. "We hope other mayors around the country will see this as a call to action and plug their fleets into the Climate Mayors EV Purchasing Collaborative."
In agreeing to purchase electric vehicles through the collaborative, public agencies gain access to competitively solicited EVs and charging infrastructure, as well as innovative leasing options that allow cities to reduce EV costs by accessing state and federal tax credits. The collaborative also provides support with analysis and best practices for fleet electrification to cities as they consider switching to electric.
With support from Bloomberg Philanthropies, the collaborative is working with the American Cities Climate Challenge, a group of 25 of the largest U.S. cities, including Pittsburgh, who are pursuing ambitious goals to cut emissions and fight climate change from the bottom-up. American Cities Climate Challenge cities represent about 700 vehicles of the total commitment.
Launched in September 2018, the collaborative is a partnership between Climate Mayors, the Electrification Coalition, and Sourcewell. The program works with cities and other public agencies to accelerate the electrification of public fleets.
The collaborative provides technical expertise to purchasers and a program that reduces the costs and barriers to electrifying fleets.