News Release -- City Announces Partnership with Collaborative to Acquire Electric Vehicles


City of Rochester

News Release


(Friday, June 28, 2019) – Mayor Lovely A. Warren announced today that the City will join the Climate Mayors Electric Vehicle (EV) Purchasing Collaborative which is designed to electrify municipal fleets.

“In the not-so-distant past, electric vehicles were a thing of the future,” said Mayor Lovely A. Warren. “We’re living in the future now, so we must continue to lead accordingly with regard to environmental stewardship. Transitioning our fleet to electric will help to keep our City’s neighborhoods safe and vibrant and reduce our carbon footprint.”

“Cities across the country are demonstrating critical leadership by committing to transition their fleets to electrification - reducing our dependence on oil, while also improving our nation’s health and our economic and national security,” said Ben Prochazka, Vice President of the Electrification Coalition. “We hope other mayors around the country will see this as a call to action and plug their fleets into the Climate Mayors EV Purchasing Collaborative.”

By making the switch to EVs, Rochester is helping to cut greenhouse gas emissions, saving taxpayer money, improving public health, and reducing our nation’s dependency on oil. The 127 cities across the nation that commit to the Collaborative by the end of 2020 will have the potential to:

• Cut gas usage by up to 1 million gallons each year,

• Transition to 25 million electric miles driven each year, and

• Add more than $75 million in purchasing power to the electric vehicle market.

Launched in September 2018, the Collaborative is a partnership between Climate Mayors, the Electrification Coalition, and Sourcewell. The program works with cities and other public agencies to accelerate the electrification of public fleets by providing technical expertise. In the future the Collaborative will expand to transit buses and other vehicle types.

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