Mayor Sylvester Turner and Houston City Council on Feb. 23, announced approval to purchase 97 battery electric vehicles. The new electric vehicles will replace internal-combustion engine vehicles that are aging out of the City of Houston fleet.
The EV purchase is driven by the Houston Climate Action Plan, a strategy that sets out to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, improve regional air quality and build climate resilience.
The Houston Climate Action Plan aims to convert all non-emergency, light-duty municipal vehicles to electric by 2030. Mayor Turner anticipates bringing additional electric and low-emission vehicle purchases to the City Council in the future.
“With today’s purchase approval we more than triple the number of EVs in our municipal fleet,” Turner said. “We still have a long way to go to reach our Climate Action Plan target of all non-emergency, light-duty vehicles, but we are determined to continue leading by example.”
The Fleet Management Department, working in coordination with the Mayor’s Office of Resilience and Sustainability, is spearheading the City of Houston’s EV initiative. The city recently partnered with Evolve Houston to apply state-of-the-art methods in life cycle analysis and optimization modeling to determine financial and environmental impacts of investment decisions in EVs and associated infrastructure.
The purchased electric vehicles will be deployed throughout the city organization. City departments adopting electric vehicles from this purchase include:
- Houston Airport System
- Department of Neighborhoods
- Houston Health Department
- Solid Waste Management Department
- Administration and Regulatory Affairs Department
- Houston Police Department
- Houston Fire Department
- Houston Parks and Recreation Department
- Fleet Management Department
- General Services Department