St. Louis Park has joined the Climate Mayors Electric Vehicle Purchasing Collaborative, an online portal that provides cities with a single, equal price for electric vehicles and charging infrastructure.
More than 127 cities and 15 counties from 38 states have joined the collaborative, committing to purchasing more than 2,100 electric vehicles for government fleets by the end of 2020.
The city began purchasing Ford Escape hybrids in 2007, purchasing seven vehicles at that time with two currently in their last year of service. The building and energy department added a leased Nissan Leaf to its fleet in 2016. Through the collaborative, a Mitsubishi Outlander plug-in hybrid and a Chevy Bolt (battery electric vehicle) have been added to the city fleet.
By transitioning parts of its vehicle fleet to electric vehicles, the city is seeking to cut greenhouse gas emissions and support its climate action plan goal of achieving carbon neutrality by 2040. Access to competitively priced electric vehicles and charging infrastructure and reduced-cost leasing options helps save tax dollars, according to a statement from the city.