Electric Vehicles

Calif. City’s Climate Plan Focuses on Vehicle Electrification

February 16, 2018

Photo via Noya Fields/Flickr.
Photo via Noya Fields/Flickr.

The City of San Jose, Calif., released Climate Smart San Jose, which outlines a path to achieving the Paris Agreement’s greenhouse gas emission reduction targets. Among the plan’s goals are to expand fleet electrification as quickly as possible and further research the implications of autonomous vehicles on the fleet.

The city recently ordered 10 Proterra Catalyst E2 zero-emission battery-electric transit buses for use at the San Jose International Airport to supplement its 10 compressed natural gas (CNG) shuttles. The electric buses are scheduled to be placed in service by the end of the year, and a few of the CNG buses will remain in service during the transition. 

San Jose’s green fleet policy, released in 2007, aims to ensure that 100% of public fleet vehicles run on alternative fuels by 2022. Currently, 45% of the fleet runs on alternative fuel, including plug-in electric and hybrid vehicles. 

A larger transportation goal within the new Climate Smart plan is to reduce carbon emissions from vehicular trips by one million tons/year by 2030 by facilitating the expansion of ridesharing, electric vehicles, and public transit in the city.

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