City vehicles could be running on electricity by 2020

A Chevrolet Volt is plugged into a charging station Monday, Feb. 8, 2016, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)
A Chevrolet Volt is plugged into a charging station Monday, Feb. 8, 2016, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

AUSTIN (KXAN) — Over the next three years, you could see more than 300 of Austin’s fleet of city vehicles running on electricity – or about five percent.

That would include 72-plug-in hybrids and 258 battery electric vehicles. It’s a climate protection plan that could also save city taxpayers $3.5 million over a decade.

The first 33 vehicles such as Chevy Volts and Nissan’s Leaf could be acquired under a lease-to-own program later this year. First, council must endorse a report before the city Mobility Committee this afternoon.

A consultant’s study is recommending:

  • Add 330 plug-in electric vehicles by 2020.
  • Expand City Fleet charging stations from 33 to 330 by 2020.
  • Fund electric vehicle acquisitions by the execution of municipal leases (lease-to-own).
  • Fund charging infrastructure through an interdepartmental fuel surcharge.

Of the nearly 6,400 vehicles in the city’s fleet, nearly eight in ten are hybrid or capable of running on alternative fuels. Police vehicles and city pick-up trucks are not included in the electrification plan.

In 2007, city council passed a climate protection resolution to have a carbon neutral fleet by 2020. In September of 2015, the City was selected to serve as the lead implementation partner with Rocky Mountain Institute in the Mobility Transformation Program with one of its five projects being “Fleet Electrification.” provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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