Marin County is adding two more electric vehicles to its country fleet and, the in process, continues on its path toward reducing greenhouse gas emissions.
Two electric Chevrolet “Bolts” were added to the country fleet this month, the county announced. The pair will save about 640 gallons of gas and cut 5.6 tons of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions each year for the county’s fleet.
Driving the move toward all-electric cars is a goal, outlined in the county’s Climate Action Plan, to bring GHG emissions from municipal operations to 15 percent below 1990 levels by 2020.
About 13 percent of the cost of the Bolts (each at about $38,000) was covered by Transportation Authority of Marin (TAM) and state rebates.
Marin’s fleet now includes six other electric cars and 80 hybrid vehicles. The county has eight charging stations at its Civic Center garage, including a recently acquired, solar-powered Envision Solar EV ARC station. While those stations are reserved for fleet vehicles only, the county offers seven charging stations for public use at several San Rafael locations: the Civic Center, the Marin Center Exhibition Hall, the Health and Wellness Center, the North San Pedro Road campus, and the Los Gamos Drive campus.
With advancements in the electric vehicle field, such as the Bolts’ extended range of 238 miles, the possibilities are rapidly expanding for the county’s usage of green transportation, officials stated.
“The technology is advancing so fast and we are constantly trying to find new ways to use it to reduce our carbon footprint,” said Larry Laino, DPW Fleet Manager. “We’ve been using biodiesel since 2003 but recently moved to 100 percent renewable diesel. There’s always progress to be made.”
The switch to the new diesel is estimated to save 162 tons of GHG per year