Tuesday, April 24, 2018
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San Francisco partnership makes big electric car purchase

SAN FRANCISCO — A group of San Francisco bay area cities, counties and water agencies has joined forces for what is being billed as one of the largest single government purchases of all-electric vehicles in the country.

The six cities, two counties and two water agencies have gone in together to buy 90 electric vehicles with the help of a $2.8 million grant from the Metropolitan Transportation Commission, a regional transportation agency, officials with the Bay Area Climate Collaborative said Tuesday.

The vehicles will save more than $500,000 in fuel costs and about 2 million pounds of carbon dioxide emissions over five years, BACC director Rafael Reyes said.

The public-private partnership was started by three San Francisco bay area mayors and developed the proposal for funding that was submitted to the MTC.

"The bay area is clearly in a leadership role here," Reyes said.

The vehicles include the Ford Focus and the Nissan Leaf. The total cost was $5 million.

The 10 governments and agencies are San Francisco, San Jose, Oakland, Santa Rosa, Fremont, Concord, the Sonoma County Water Agency, Marin Municipal Water District, and Alameda and Sonoma counties.

San Jose and three other cities bought 50 all-electric vehicles last year, Reyes said.

The all-electric vehicles are a small part of the cities, counties and water agencies' overall fleets. But Reyes said the purchases shows what can be done.

"We're just scratching the surface," he said.

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