Cities are buying EVs in bulk for government fleets

Source: By Mike Lee, E&E News • Posted: Thursday, May 23, 2024


City governments are adopting electric vehicles faster than individual car buyers. While the results vary by region, and often differ widely among U.S. cities in the same state, most large cities have adopted some kind of climate goal, and some of them are buying EVs for their municipal fleets at a faster rate than the general public.

And that progress could speed up as more EVs enter the market and as cities get educated about grant funding and tax incentives that were passed over the last four years. Nationwide, cities operate about 4 million cars, trucks and buses. That’s far bigger than the federal fleet, but still only a little more than 1 percent of the 283 million vehicles on America’s roads. But cities can punch above their weight by helping demonstrate that EVs are viable, both for businesses and private owners, said Ian Seamans, who works with city governments at Environment Texas.