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Houston Mayor Turner announces purchase of electric vehicles for city fleet

Christian Fernsby |
Mayor Sylvester Turner and Houston City Council announced approval to purchase 97 battery electric vehicles.

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The new electric vehicles (EVs) will replace internal-combustion engine (ICE) 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 Council in the near future.

“With today’s purchase approval we more than triple the number of EVs in our municipal fleet!” said Mayor Sylvester Turner. “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 purchase price of these battery electric pickups is only 7% ($2,774) greater than a similarly equipped, gasoline pickup.

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 and General Services Department.

This purchase will add to the 40 battery electric vehicles already in the fleet. The City of Houston is actively placing EV charging infrastructure at multiple City facilities to support the delivery of the additional EVs.

Due to global supply chain issues, the EVs are not expected to arrive until early Spring of 2023. Additional EV purchases are expected in the coming months.

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