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Denver Leading the Change with Electric Vehicle Purchases

Denver - At today’s 5th annual Sustainable Denver Summit, Mayor Michael B. Hancock announced the City and County of Denver’s commitment to, where eligible, purchasing electric vehicles for city fleet vehicles up for replacement.

“Leading the change isn’t just about setting nice goals – it’s about turning those goals into the way we do business as a city. That’s why we’re going to make it a standard practice to replace our city fleet vehicles, where we can, with EVs,” Mayor Hancock said. “This is an actionable step we can take right now to make a real impact on this issue.” 

Under the commitment, by 2029, nearly 25 percent of city fleet vehicles could be electric, amounting to potentially 850 city vehicles. Most importantly, it will mean taking 11,500 tons of emissions out of our air. That impact will only be increased as the electricity used to fuel those EVs comes from increasingly cleaner sources of electricity.

Today, transportation represents nearly 30 percent of carbon emissions in Denver and is a leading source of air pollution. That’s why a key part of Mayor Hancock’s Mobility Action Plan is reducing carbon emissions from vehicles. Electric vehicles and EV infrastructure are critical to ensuring environmental justice and equity as Denver transitions to carbon-free energy and transportation systems.

To be “EV Eligible,” the EV replacement must be produced by an established vehicle manufacturer that is available in Colorado; the EV replacement must meet the usage requirements and duty cycle of the existing vehicle; the EV’s Total Cost of Ownership must be within 10 percent of the gasoline/diesel vehicle; and there is charging infrastructure available at the city property where the vehicle will be primarily parked or charging stations planned at that location for the year when the vehicle will be purchased.

Denver has already taken several steps to deploy increased electric vehicle usage and electric vehicle infrastructure:

  • In 2017, the city committed to adding 200 electric vehicles to the city fleet, a goal which will be reached in 2020.
  • The city has partnered with the Denver Housing Authority to pilot the state’s first EV car share location in a mixed income community at the Mariposa Redevelopment.
  • In Mayor Hancock’s 2020 Budget, nearly $3 million will be invested next year to purchase electric vehicles and invest in electric vehicle infrastructure.