Greening Your Fleet Operations
Fleet operators are constantly evaluating the performance of their vehicles, either to improve usage, acquire new vehicles or plan for replacement—all the while keeping an eye on costs. The variety of light-duty electric vehicles available today, and their considerably lower costs for fueling and maintenance over time, make them ideal for many fleet applications, particularly for those organizations seeking to reduce their carbon footprint.
Benefits of electric cars
- Lower total cost of ownership compared to conventional vehicles
- Lower costs for maintenance and fueling, even with increased electricity use
- Significant rebates, incentives and potential to take advantage of the federal tax credit
Benefits of a green fleet
- Increased fuel efficiency and economy
- Reduced greenhouse gas emissions
- Reduced dependence on petroleum
Find Vehicles That Meet Your Criteria
When buying or leasing new vehicles, California government fleets are required to follow certain state and federal policies in order to help reduce petroleum dependence and protect the environment. In addition, many private organizations are also looking to green their fleets and have initiated similar voluntary purchase guidelines. Learn about state fleet requirements and alternative fuel vehicles on statewide contract.
DriveClean provides emissions information for all vehicles certified in California. Vehicles can be searched in a variety of ways and sorted based on their vehicle type and emissions levels. Click the following vehicle types to learn more.
Battery-electric cars don’t use any gasoline, but instead run solely on electricity stored in a battery pack that energizes one or more electric motors and produces zero tailpipe emissions.
Hydrogen Fuel Cell
Runs on electricity, but does so differently than battery-electric cars or plug-in hybrids. Its power system is composed of numerous cells in a stack that chemically combine hydrogen gas from the vehicle’s tank and oxygen from the air to produce electricity.
Plug-in hybrid electric cars combine two propulsion modes in one vehicle–a battery-powered electric motor that is plugged in and recharged, and a gasoline engine.
Hybrids are gas cars that include a battery and an electric motor for improved fuel economy, lower emissions and better performance. Gasoline is still the main source of power.
Compressed Natural Gas (CNG)
Compressed natural gas vehicles are ideal for high-mileage, centrally fueled fleets, providing reduced emissions compared to gasoline and diesel fuels.
E85, or flex fuel, is a high-level ethanol-gasoline blend that will run many conventional cars, but is less available and lowers gas mileage.
Diesel supplies better fuel economy compared to gasoline counterparts. Diesel engines also can tow and haul heavier loads.
- California Department of General Services Office of Fleet Administration
- California Department of General Service electric vehicle supply equipment guidance
- Executive Order B-16-12 Implementation Plan for State of California (fleet requirements for ZEVs)
- Office of Planning and Research ZEV Community Readiness Guidebook
- U.S. Department of Energy EPAct Regulatory Activities
- Clean Cities PEV Handbook for Fleet Managers
- California Clean Cities
- West Coast Electric Fleets