On Thursday, the largest municipal fleet deployment of electric cars in the U.S. took place when Mitsubishi Motors deployed 50 i-MiEV’s to four Bay Area local government fleets – San Jose, Los Gatos, Campbell and Mill Valley. The Mitsubishi i-MiEV is that company’s all electric car, and the Bay Area municipalities are looking to not only go green (lower their carbon footprint) but save green, on lowered costs.
The SF Bay Area is already a hot-bed of electric vehicle deployment, and the regions leaders hope to be seen as the “EV Capital of the US.” This deployment is one of a series the Bay Area Climate Collaborative (BACC) is working to facilitate in support of Gov. Brown’s goal of 1.5 million electric vehicles in California by 2025. The BACC hopes to deploy 250 or more electric vehicles over the next 12 months, for valuable potential impacts including fuel cost savings of nearly $2 million and avoidance of nearly 6 million pounds of CO2 over five years.
Fleet owners are better positioned to recognize cost savings from electric vehicle ownership, than are typical retail car owners. That’s because of reduced fuel and maintenance costs. This deployment has lease options with even more savings for municipalities.
“We appreciate the opportunity to secure these new vehicles without any upfront expenditure,” said San Jose Mayor Chuck Reed. “By replacing older, less efficient vehicles with clean EVs, we reduce emissions but more importantly, save on fuel costs.”
“The Town of Los Gatos is pleased to participate in this initiative to add electric vehicles to the fleet, which lowers our carbon footprint in keeping with our Sustainability Plan,” said Town of Los Gatos Mayor Barbara Spector. “In addition to being nearly 40 percent less expensive to fuel, these vehicles will significantly reduce the Town’s greenhouse gas emissions – over three years our five vehicles will avoid nearly 20,000 lbs of CO2.”
“Many of our fleet vehicle routes are predictable and take place within the city itself,” explained City of Campbell Mayor Evan Low. “These i-MiEVs are ideally suited for such applications and, using the network of 24 charging stations we’ve installed, we’ll be able to charge the vehicles throughout the day. The EV proposition makes a lot of sense for our fleet.”
Mill Valley Mayor Andrew Berman said: “The City of Mill Valley is pleased to deploy these all-electric vehicles, reflecting the Council’s core value of environmental conservation and sustainability. The need for green transportation alternatives represents a global issue and is more critical than ever. Integrating EVs into the City fleet makes both economic and environmental sense, and we will encourage other local governments to join us in doing the same.”
Yoichi Yokozawa, President and CEO of Mitsubishi Motors North America, Inc. said: “The California Bay Area is known worldwide for fostering innovation and advanced technology, so it is fitting that the cities of San Jose, Los Gatos, Campbell and Mill Valley are deploying such a large fleet of highly energy efficient Mitsubishi i-MiEV electric vehicles. These forward-thinking municipalities will reap many benefits from having the Mitsubishi i-MiEV in their fleets, such as tremendous reliability, an excellent safety record, greatly reduced maintenance and operation costs and, of course, zero tailpipe emissions.”
Rafael Reyes, Executive Director of the Bay Area Climate Collaborative said: “Combined, these 50 vehicles could save the participating municipalities over $110,000 in fuel costs and reduce CO2 emissions by nearly 400,000 lbs over three years. For fleets, EVs bring improved total-cost-of ownership and insulation from gas price hikes. These municipalities are true clean vehicle pioneers, actively helping to demonstrate the benefits of EVs in fleets and providing a model for other fleets to follow.”