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SF Bay Area local governments roll out 90 EVs into their fleets
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9 July 2014

Alameda County Board of Supervisors President Keith Carson, the Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC), the Bay Area Climate Collaborative (BACC), and 10 other public agencies today announced the rollout of 90 all-electric vehicles into the fleets of ten Bay Area local governments—the largest government fleet EV deployment in the US to date.

The public agencies receiving vehicles are: Alameda County, Sonoma County, San Francisco, Concord, Santa Rosa, San Jose, Oakland, Fremont, the Marin Municipal Water District, and Sonoma County Water Agency. The Transportation Authority of Marin also participated with additional support for the Marin Municipal Water District.

This deployment is one in a series that the BACC and its partners are facilitating to assist public agencies in incorporating electric vehicles (EVs) into their fleets. The 90 EVs will yield operational cost savings of more than $500,000 and avoidance of 2 million pounds of CO2 over five years, according to BACC.

Alameda County has led the collaborative procurement effort for the vehicles and the forthcoming procurement of charging equipment later this year. The County will receive 26 of the 90 vehicles—raising the number of electric or hybrid vehicles in its fleet to more than 50. Alameda County also received recognition this year for its EV work with the Ready, Set, Charge! Bay Area EV Readiness Award in the Most EV-Ready Large Community category.

The EVs—projected to be 64 Ford Focus Electric sedans, 23 Nissan LEAF sedans and 3 Zenith vans—were purchased with $2.8 million in funding support from MTC, which offset the incremental cost of the EVs and charging infrastructure. Local agency vehicle replacement funds made up the balance of the investment.

Sonoma County and the Sonoma County Water Agency purchased 27 vehicles through the program. The addition brings the County’s alternative fuel fleet vehicle total to more than 300, representing more than 30% of the agencies’ cars, vans, and light duty trucks.

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"Sonoma County is playing a major role in what is being billed as the single largest government purchase of the electric vehicles in the nation.

More than a third of the 90 vehicles being purchased by a collective of 10 Bay Area government agencies are headed to Sonoma County in a bid to reduce fuel costs and demonstrate environmental leadership.

A total of 31 new all-electric Ford Focus Electric sedans will soon be humming down Sonoma County roads and in some cases recharging their lithium-ion batteries with solar panels, thanks in part to a federal grant."
 

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"Santa Rosa has owned electric vehicles in the past, but previous models were leased and turned back to the dealer at the end of those contracts, Merian said."

This could explain why the 31 'purchased' EVs were Focus Electric with a thermal management system to protect the battery and extend battery cell life, and not the Leaf that goes without protection. If a consumer wanted to actually own a Leaf long term, they would need the 60k mile battery capacity warranty that only guarantees 70% capacity, or the $100/mo battery rental plan that also only guarantees 70% capacity, or an option to buy a new pack for $6,000 that should include installation.

When all of the capacity issues could have been resolved by offering a more expensive but valuable thermal management system to protect the battery and extend battery cell life, like Focus Electric, Volt and Model S.
 

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"The Focuses will be perfect for trips around Sonoma County, such as between the agency's Aviation Boulevard headquarters and Sonoma Valley treatment plant or educational center on the Russian River in Forestville, Stillman said."

This is where electric vehicles shine. Consistent shorter define, routine trips in cities with stop and go traffic, that use more gasoline.


"The grant funds also include money for the installation of five new electric charging stations. Presently the agency only has charging stations at its administrative headquarters, where a large solar array allows the vehicles to at times be powered solely by the sun, Stillman said."

I would expect many assigned employees to take the EVs home and charge overnight.
 
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