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Purchase by City of Fully Electric Trucks Approved

Published on Monday, May 9, 2022 | 7:55 pm

The City Council authorized a $366,484 purchase order with 72 Hour for the purchase of five electric Ford F-150 Lightning Trucks and two Electric -Transit Cargo.

The Department of Public Works, Building Systems and Fleet Management Division (BSFMD) is tasked with providing vehicle replacement for various city departments based on a scoring system including factors such as the vehicle’s age, mileage, condition, usage, maintenance and repair history.

As part of the approved FY 2022 Operating Budget, a three-year fleet replacement plan is being implemented to comprehensively address the City’s aging fleet.

This three-year plan prioritizes the city’s vehicle replacement needs in support of each department’s operations, ensuring safe modes of transportation and vehicle equipment for staff to perform their duties and services, decreasing fleet maintenance and repair costs, and simultaneously allowing a consolidated effort to group similar vehicle types for economies of scale and efficient purchasing process.

As part of the Fleet Replacement Plan, six vehicles currently assigned to the departments of Public Works, Fire, and Housing have been identified for replacement. One additional work truck will also be purchased for the Department of Housing for its Municipal Assistance, Solutions, and Hiring (MASH) program operations.

Considerations and research for zero-emission alternatives to replace these particular vehicles have been conducted and electric models currently exist in the market that will meet department needs and specific vehicle duties there-in associated. Overall emissions will be reduced by 100% for the electric replacement of the older gasoline-powered vehicles with age ranging from seventeen to twenty-two years.

Five Ford F-150 Lightning fully electric pickup trucks will be purchased for the departments of Fire, Housing, and Public Works, replacing gasoline-powered vehicles plus one electrical truck for Housing Department’s need for expanded accommodation of its MASH operations.

One Lightning truck will be utilized daily in the Public Works Department as an electrical shop truck for BSFMD shop staff to attend job site meetings and to perform electrical-related tenant improvements, preventative maintenance, site inspections, and other as needed or emergency tasks.

Two Lightning trucks will be utilized in the Housing Department as work trucks for the MASH program work crew supervisors and trainees to perform citywide MASH-related work requests.

Lastly, two Lightning trucks will be utilized in the Fire Department as shop trucks at Fire Stations 32 and 39 for support in areas such as training, operations, and administration and will be assigned as ground support units during Rose Parade and Rose Bowl activities.

Two Ford E-Transit all-electric cargo vans will be purchased to replace gasoline-powered cargo vans in the departments of Public Works and Transportation. One van will be utilized in the Public Works Department for BSFMD staff to perform heating, ventilation, and air-conditioning (HVAC) related installations, inspections, repairs, and maintenance that generally require hauling of HVAC equipment at various city facilities.

The other van will be utilized in the Transportation Department for Parking Enforcement staff to install, repair, and maintain parking meters throughout the city which includes daily collection and transportation of coin and cash canisters from meters.

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