Mayors from 127 cities joined the Climate Mayors EV Purchasing Collaborative during the Climate Mayors Summit in Honolulu, Hawaii last month, committing to purchasing more than 2,100 EVs by 2020. To assist in the transition towards electric school buses, the Collaborative announced it will place a competitive bid on electric school buses by the end of 2019, enabling public school systems with smaller budgets to procure electric school buses at competitive prices.
Launched in 2018, the Collaborative gives cities access to competitively-priced EVs and charging infrastructure, as well as reduced-cost leasing options through state and federal tax credits. The Collaborative is a partnership between Climate Mayors, the Electrification Coalition, and Sourcewell.
“The clean transportation revolution is not a distant vision for the far-off future,” said current Los Angeles Mayor and Climate Mayors Co-Chair Eric Garcetti. “It’s a reality hitting the streets of Los Angeles and cities around the world. By pooling our purchasing power, Climate Mayors are sending a powerful message to the global car market: if you build electric vehicles, we will buy them.”
“Cities across the country are demonstrating critical leadership by committing to transition their fleets to electrification, reducing our dependence on oil, while improving our nation’s health, and our economic and national security,” said Electrification Coalition VP Ben Prochazka. “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.”
Source: Climate Mayors