Four West Coast Cities Band Together To Buy 24,000 Electric Vehicles

West Coast cities Los Angeles, San Francisco, Seattle and Portland, Ore. have submitted a request for information (RFI) to automakers for the purpose of purchasing a combined 24,000 electric vehicles.

The municipalities want information about what battery-electric vehicles are available as well as estimated pricing and delivery timelines before submitting a formal bidding process.

The RFI was requested by the four members of the Mayors National Climate Action Agenda (MNCAA), which Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti brought together.

In November 2016, the group sent a letter to President-elect Donald Trump requesting him not to terminate the United States’ involvement in the U.N. climate agreement made in Paris.

E&E News reported that the RFI was the first of its kind to bring municipalities from different states together.

The mayors said the goal is to, improve air quality, reduce greenhouse gas emissions and reliance on fossil fuels, as well as cut fuel and maintenance costs by an average 37 percent.

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“Every community has the power to fight climate change, and we do not need to wait for any one person or government to show us the way,” Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti said in a statement. “By acting together as cities, we can set an example for our neighbors, spur clean energy innovation, clean our air, and accelerate the inevitable transition to a low-carbon, opportunity-rich future for everyone.”

The additional 51 cities that are part MNCAA are invited to participate, and their EV numbers will be added as an appendix to the RIF in February, with manufacturers asked to respond by March 1.

“The hope is that by next month there could be additional cities in the request that hopefully brings the demand for EVs to 50,000 or perhaps even 100,000,” said Matt Petersen, chief sustainability officer for Garcetti.

The request goes beyond just electric cars to include SUVs, small trucks, and medium- or heavy-duty equipment including delivery vans, trash trucks and transit buses.

Los Angeles has already ordered 160 electric cars and 128 plug-in hybrids including 100 BMW i3s for the police department.

Portland’s move to EVs is a plan to add 60 electric cars to its municipal fleet, and to “seek options to electrify other classes of vehicles” beyond regular cars.

Further north, King County’s Metro Transit, which includes Seattle’s metro area, confirmed that it will add 120 new all-electric buses over the next 3 years.

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At the moment, the only two production electric cars available to ship at a price likely to meet city government’s budgets with an acceptable driving range are the Nissan Leaf and Chevrolet Bolt EV, although General Motors hasn’t committed production to more than 30,000 units per year.

Tesla Motors’ upcoming Model 3 would also fit the bill, but it is questionable if the EV sedan will arrive by the end of this year.

Regardless if the EV order is 24,000 or 100,000 units, it would go down as the largest ever U.S. purchase of electric vehicles.

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