“EVs have zero tailpipe emissions,” says Stephanie Stuckey, Atlanta’s Chief Resilience Officer. “While our air quality is improving, we still need to be mindful of our ozone and particulate pollution, such as, nitrogen oxides. Atlanta is committed to a clean, healthy environment for our residents and visitors, especially our most vulnerable populations. Transitioning to alternative forms of fuel and transportation is critical to this commitment.”
Through a public-private partnership, the city of Atlanta deployed 60 electric vehicles, along with the corresponding infrastructure charging network, to the city’s fleet inventory last year. This program currently serves as one of the largest municipal fleets of electric vehicles in the United States and will ultimately reduce the city’s dependence on fossil fuels while saving taxpayers thousands of dollars per year. In addition, the electric vehicle fleet program is aligned with the city’s Power to Change Plan which seeks to reduce vehicle emissions by 20 percent by the year 2020.