Municipal fleets are frequently identified as ideal candidates for deploying EVs. However, there are a variety of considerations that can limit the potential for EV deployment—including but not limited to technical and economic barriers. To help understand the opportunities and challenges that municipal fleets face with regard to EV and charging infrastructure deployment, the DNZ Project brought together fleet managers for a Fleet Electrification Workshop. The ultimate objectives of the clean fleet planning were to gather information regarding and develop clean fleet goals and needs challenges; develop a comparative vehicle lifecycle (or total) cost analysis; and to create short- and mid-term implementation plans that can include initiatives such as procurement policies, and infrastructure planning.
The resources below highlight the DNZ project findings, and provide useful background information on other opportunities to reduce fleet footprints by considering natural gas and renewable natural gas for medium- and heavy-duty vehicles.
Municipal Clean Fleet Planning Guidance
This report provides guidance to municipal fleets on establishing and attaining fleet electrification goals. It summarizes of the key barriers to EV adoptions in local fleets (via stakeholder interviews), presents an in-depth assessment of the total cost of ownership, provides guidance on establishing procurement strategies, and outlines relevant incentive programs.
Near-zero Solutions: Natural Gas in the Transportation Sector
This report reviews the opportunities for natural gas as a transportation fuel, including renewable natural gas from sources like landfills, wastewater treatment plants, and dairy digesters. It focuses on fleet applications in the medium- and heavy-duty vehicle segments.