Energy Efficiency, Energy Procurement, Sourcing Renewables - March 29, 2018
Chula Vista premieres EV fleet and charging stations
The City of Chula Vista, Calif. unveiled a fleet of new electric vehicles and an array of EV charging stations at City Hall. The program was created in a partnership between the city and San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E) in order to accelerate clean transportation as a means to reduce air pollution and greenhouse gas emissions.
The program was funded by Measure P, a half-cent sales tax approved by 68% of city voters in 2016, allowing the City of Chula Vista to purchase a fleet of 15 new long-range electric vehicles. The vehicles, including 12 Hyundai Ioniqs and three Chevy Bolts, will be deployed as part of the city’s senior volunteer patrol and code enforcement programs. The city intends to double its fleet of low and zero-emission vehicles this year, bringing the total to about 30. Additionally, 71 chargers have been installed and energized at City Hall, with a total of 123 expected at city facilities.
"Chula Vista has long been an environmental champion and our new electric fleet continues that leadership," said Chula Vista Mayor Mary Casillas Salas in a statement from SDG&E. "Chula Vista was an early adopter of Power Your Drive and the first city to sign on to the program. This speaks volumes about the City’s environmental stewardship, promoting cleaner air and reducing greenhouse emissions to support the goals of our Climate Action Plan. We are proud to have the most EV chargers installed to date of any city in the region by partnering with SDG&E."