February 9, 2024 - The City of Ann Arbor has just reached a notable milestone as 25% of its light duty fleet is now electric. In total, the city has 53 active electric vehicles serving in its municipal light fleet as of the end of 2023 — and more are already on order. This achievement contributes to Ann Arbor's goal of transitioning the city's vehicles and appliances to electric and helps advance the city's Green Fleets Policy.
Light-duty electric vehicles in the fleet include hatchbacks, pickup trucks, minivans, vans and SUVs. With light-duty vehicle deliveries starting to normalize, the city expects nearly 35% of the light fleet to be electrified by the end of fiscal year 2024. Ann Arbor continues to be a leader in municipal fleet electrification striving toward achieving the A2ZERO goals.
The City of Ann Arbor and its collaborators have worked extensively to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from transportation in the community. Transportation -elated emissions account for approximately 30% of GHG emissions in the US, and around 26% of emissions here in Ann Arbor. The A2ZERO Plan has multiples strategies and actions which work to reduce transportation-related emissions: Strategies 2 and 4 focus on the electrification of appliances and vehicles, and reduction in vehicle miles traveled (VMT) by at least 50%, respectively. These actions have the potential to significantly reduce a notable source of local greenhouse gas emissions.
In addition to the city's light fleet, the heavy fleet is also moving toward electrification. The city currently has electric utility vehicles, forklifts and one fully electric bucket truck in service, and is waiting on multiple electric refuse trucks to be delivered, hopefully this spring. The city is also electrifying its outdoor equipment, including leaf blowers, lawn mowers and more.
Electrification of the city's light fleet is one of the many steps the office of sustainability and innovations and fleet and facilities department are taking to electrify vehicles in Ann Arbor. To learn more about electric vehicles in Ann Arbor, and other updates to infrastructure such as public charging, please visit a2gov.org/EVs.
The City of Ann Arbor Office of Sustainability and Innovations was founded in 2018 and is guided by the Ann Arbor Carbon Neutrality Plan: A2ZERO. A2ZERO strives toward one unifying vision: Together, creating and implementing a just transition to carbon neutrality, community-wide, by the year 2030. Learn more at www.a2gov.org/sustainability.
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