Sawatch Labs and Kimley-Horn were selected to conduct a fleet electrification study for Salt Lake City. This study, aimed at promoting sustainability and reducing greenhouse gas emissions, will assess Salt Lake City’s fleet operations and provide a plan for transitioning to electric vehicles.
“Salt Lake City prides itself on setting aggressive, but achievable, environmental goals to improve air quality and reduce carbon emissions. We aim to transition most of our municipal fleet to electric vehicles over the next few years, as described in our Joint Resolution on Electrified Transportation,” said Mayor Erin Mendenhall. “This electrified fleet assessment and the partnership with Sawatch with Kimley-Horn is a key factor to allow us to meet those goals in a timely and cost-effective manner, while balancing fleet resiliency and operational needs.”
Helping the City Reach its Sustainability Goals
This fleet electrification study will encompass various components, including an electric vehicle suitability assessment for Salt Lake City's 1,400-vehicle fleet. This assessment will be conducted using Sawatch Labs' ezEV software. It will consider operational feasibility, total cost of ownership analysis, and projected GHG emissions reductions to develop a wellstructured vehicle deployment plan. This assessment holds the potential to significantly assist Salt Lake City in reaching its sustainability goals.
In addition, Kimley-Horn will conduct an Electric Vehicle Supply Equipment (EVSE) assessment
to evaluate site infrastructure capacity and identify necessary upgrades to meet the fleet's
charging needs. Utilizing the analyses provided by Sawatch Labs' ezIO software, Kimley-Horn
will deliver site assessments and determine the project charging demand at each location based
on the actual fleet operations.
Emergency Response Preparedness and Resiliency
As part of the study, Kimley-Horn will also conduct an Emergency Response Preparedness and
Resiliency needs assessment. This segment of the project will identify opportunities to enhance
fleet resiliency through on-site electricity generation and storage solutions, with the aim to strengthen Salt Lake City’s commitment to sustainability.
By harnessing cutting-edge technology and expertise in the field, Sawatch Labs and Kimley-
Horn are confident the study's findings and recommendations will lay the groundwork for a
greener, more sustainable fleet in Salt Lake City.
"We are honored to have the opportunity to work with Salt Lake City and contribute to their
sustainability goals through this electrification study. Together with Kimley-Horn, we look forward to implementing impactful and sustainable solutions that align with Salt Lake City’s
vision," said Matthew Helm, CEO of Sawatch Labs.
The project is already underway, and the results are expected to be delivered throughout the second half of 2023.