Published on Jul 10, 2019 at 09:22a.m.
The City of Coral Gables is proud to have the largest municipal fleet of electric vehicles (EV) in the state of Florida. The City currently has 51 electric vehicles with a goal of adding 20 more by 2021. At the recent Climate Mayors Summit in Honolulu, Hawaii, Coral Gables was one of 127 cities and 15 counties from across 38 states joining the Climate Mayors Electric Vehicle Purchasing Collaborative, and committed to purchasing more than 2,100 electric vehicles by the end of 2020. By pooling the combined purchasing power, local governments are sending a powerful message to the global car market: if you build electric vehicles, we will buy them.
By transitioning city fleets to EVs, cities 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 dependence on oil. 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.
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 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 commitment.
Launched in September 2018, the Collaborative is a partnership between Climate Mayors, the Electrification Coalition, and Sourcewell, a national transit fleet transition program that works with cities and other public agencies to accelerate the electrification of national ground transit fleets.
For more information visit www.coralgables.com/electricvehicles.
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