Mayors across country commit to buying electric vehicles

Mayors across country commit to buying electric vehicles
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Mayors from across the country are committing to buying more than 2,100 electric vehicles — including school buses — by 2020 to fill out local government fleets.

The pledge was made by 127 cities across 38 states who have banded together to form a purchasing bloc, known as the Climate Mayors Electric Vehicle Purchasing Collaborative, in order to get better pricing on the vehicles.

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“The clean transportation revolution is not a distant vision for the far-off future — it’s a reality hitting the streets of Los Angeles and cities around the world,” Los Angeles Mayor Eric GarcettiEric GarcettiLA mayor condemns protesters shouting 'death to police' outside hospital treating ambushed officers Garcetti: I would have acted sooner if Trump hadn't downplayed virus Sunday shows - Trump team defends coronavirus response MORE (D), who founded the group in 2018, said in a release. “By pooling our purchasing power, Climate Mayors are sending a powerful message to the global car market: if you build electric vehicles, we will buy them.”

The collaborative estimates that by replacing aging vehicles with electric ones, the cities will collectively cut gas consumption by 1 million gallons a year.

The collaborative is especially interested in buying electric school buses and transit buses to replace current gas-guzzlers. School buses get around 6 mpg while transit buses get a little over 3 mpg, according to the Department of Energy

The mayors say that switching to more electric vehicles will help them “cut emissions and fight climate change from the bottom-up."