U.S. mayors have launched the Climate Mayors Electric Vehicle (EV) Purchasing Collaborative — a new online portal that will help lower the cost of EVs by enabling cities to bid on them together in larger quantities. The portal will provide local government agencies across the country equal access to competitive pricing and charging infrastructure, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti announced.
“Through this innovative platform, Climate Mayors are sending a powerful message to the global car market: if you build electric vehicles, we will buy them,” Garcetti said in a statement. Climate Mayors is a group of 409 mayors committed to adopting the goals of the Paris Climate Agreement.
The portal will help cities across the country rapidly electrify their municipal fleets. As a result of the new platform, 20 cities and two counties have committed to purchasing 391 EVs — a figure that is expected to grow as the program continues to engage cities across the country.
The platform was developed in partnership with the Electrification Coalition (EC), which will offer guidance and information to cities as needed.
The portal was unveiled today at Mayor Garcetti’s Forum on Clean Transportation, a roundtable discussion with key industry and sustainability leaders on collective actions to increase local and international clean transportation initiatives. Mayor Garcetti was joined by Anne Hidalgo, Mayor of Paris and Chair of C40 Cities — a network of 96 megacities committed to urgent action on climate change.
More information can be found at driveEVfleets.org.