Lead by Example
Electrifying and reducing the fuel load of government vehicle fleets reduces excess urban heat emitted by gasoline-powered vehicles and promote electrification.
Enact a requirement for municipalities to transition to zero or low emissions vehicles, reduce overall fuel demand, and optimize government routes.
Considerations for Use
Fleet electrification should prioritize replacing vehicles that are being decommissioned from use; which will effect the timeline to a fully electric fleet.
Climate:Cold, Hot/Dry, Hot/Humid, Temperate
Policy Levers:Lead by ExampleGovernments have ownership and jurisdiction over a range of assets (e.g. buildings and streets) and also serve as a direct employer, and contractor. This allows them to promote heat risk reduction and preparedness solutions and demonstrate their impact through leading by example with proactive interventions to make their assets, employment opportunities, and contracts heat-resilient.
Trigger Points:No-regrets actions (low cost/low effort but substantial benefit)Interventions that are relatively low-cost and low effort (in terms of requisite dependencies) but have substantial environmental and/or social benefits.
Phase of Impact:Risk reduction and mitigation
Metrics:Number of electric vehicles
Authority and Governance:City government
Implementation Timeline:Medium-term (3-9 Years)
Implementation Stakeholders:City government, Industry
Funding Sources:Public investment
Capacity to Act:High
Co-benefits (Climate/Environmental):Reduce air and water pollution, Reduce greenhouse gas emissions
Co-benefits (Social/Economic):Improve human health