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Denver Joins White House in Commitment to Significantly Boost Electric Vehicle Fleet by 2020

Mayor Hancock commits to goal of 200 electric vehicles, saving an estimated $800,000 over the next decade 

DENVER – The City and County of Denver today joined the White House and governments across the country in a new clean energy commitment by pledging to significantly increase the number of city electric fleet vehicles. 

Denver has committed to add the plug-in electric vehicles (PEVs) as part of a new effort to boost both public and private investment in PEVs by the Obama Administration. The commitment will increase the number of PEVs in the city’s fleet from the current three to approximately 200 over the next four years. 

“It’s important that the city continues to lead by example when it comes to transitioning our own operations to more sustainable fuel sources, which will move us toward our 2020 Sustainability Goals,” Mayor Michael Hancock said. “This commitment will help us achieve our short- and long-term sustainability goals, as well as inspire our residents, businesses, and other organizations to consider how plug-in electric vehicles could work for them.” 

Emissions from the transportation sector are the leading source of air pollution and the second leading source of greenhouse gases in Denver. PEVs offer a tremendous opportunity to improve air quality and protect the climate. The new vehicles are projected to improve air quality and eliminate more than 2,300 metric tons of greenhouse gas emissions over their lives.

Additionally, the commitment will save the city money through lower fuel and maintenance costs, further supplemented by new grants available to cover costs associated with the vehicles and charging infrastructure.

The decision is a continuation of the projects outlined in Denver’s Smart City Challenge proposal to the U.S. Department of Transportation earlier this year, a national competition where Denver was selected as one of seven finalists out of 78 applications that Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx received.

The city will set initial purchasing targets to meet the 200-unit mark starting in 2018 at the latest. Between now and then, city staff will finalize plans for the fleet replacement schedule and charging locations.

For more information contact Tyler Svitak at Tyler.Svitak@DenverGov.org, 720-865-5426.