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Celebrating Earth Day 2019 with more sustainable solutions

Electric vehicles provide green solutions for getting around

Sourcewell is proud to serve as your sustainability partner, offering a variety of electric vehicle and charging station solutions. Sourcewell is part of a national movement taking the wheel when it comes to reducing greenhouse gas emissions and helping transition city vehicle fleets to electric vehicles.

Since its launch six months ago, the Climate Mayors Electric Vehicle Purchasing Collaborative has been hard at work with cities and counties across the United States to support the electrification of public fleets. Climate Mayors, founded in 2014, is a bipartisan, peer-to-peer network of U.S. mayors working together to demonstrate leadership on climate change through meaningful actions in their communities, and to effectively shape federal and global policy. The group represents nearly 400 cities and nearly 20 percent of the U.S. population.

So far, in support of the Collaborative, 41 cities and five counties have committed to procuring a total of 941 light-duty electric vehicles through various platforms, thereby helping reduce U.S. dependence on foreign oil, diversify the nation’s fuel supply, and avoid an estimated 4,400 metric tons of greenhouse gas emissions each year.

The Collaborative is a partnership among the Electrification Coalition, the Climate Mayors, and Sourcewell. Including a pricing platform to facilitate the procurement process, the Collaborative provides resources and services to help local governments achieve their electrification targets. The Collaborative also offers innovative financing and help securing tax credits through leasing, policy guidance on EV-charging deployment, best practices, peer-to-peer learning opportunities, and direct staff support.

The Collaborative’s website – http://www.driveevfleets.org – is designed to streamline and simplify the procurement process, allowing local governments to purchase EVs and chargers outright, or capture the value of the federal EV tax credit through a leasing model.

On April 23 – the day after Earth Day – Sourcewell, the Electrification Coalition, the City of Los Angeles, and the City of Orlando will present on a panel about fleet electrification at the Advanced Clean Transportation (ACT) Expo in Long Beach, Calif. The session will focus on how fleets are going electric with the leadership of this team.

The Collaborative’s broader goal is to support and advance the ecosystem for transportation electrification, and to document EV procurement by cities and counties in order to celebrate local leadership.

Read more here to find out how local governments, through the Collaborative, are leading the way on EVs and helping transform the U.S. market.

About Sourcewell

Sourcewell (formerly National Joint Powers Alliance) is a self-supporting government organization, partnering with education, government, and nonprofits to boost student and community success. Created in 1978 as one of Minnesota’s nine service cooperatives, we offer training and shared services to our central-Minnesota members. Throughout North America, we offer a cooperative purchasing program with over 300 awarded vendors on contract. Sourcewell is driven by service and the ability to strategically reinvest in member communities.