City joins electric vehicle purchasing collaborative
The City of St. Louis Park recently joined the Climate Mayors Electric Vehicle Purchasing Collaborative, an online portal that provides cities with a single, equal price for electric vehicles and charging infrastructure. More than 127 cities and 15 counties from across 38 states have joined the collaborative, committing to purchasing more than 2,100 electric vehicles for government fleets by the end of 2020.
The city began purchasing Ford Escape hybrids in 2007, purchasing seven vehicles at that time with two now in their last year of service. The building and energy department (previously inspections) added a leased Nissan Leaf to its fleet in 2016. Through the Climate Mayors Electric Vehicle Purchasing Collaborative, a Mitsubishi Outlander plug-in hybrid and a Chevy Bolt (battery electric vehicle) have been added to the city fleet as well. The Outlander is driven by staff in the building and energy department, while the Bolt is available for all staff to use for city business.
By transitioning parts of its vehicle fleet to electric vehicles, the city is helping to cut greenhouse gas emissions and supporting the Climate Action Plan goal of achieving carbon neutrality by 2040. At the same time, access to competitively priced electric vehicles and charging infrastructure and reduced-cost leasing options helps save tax dollars.