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Four Bay Area local governments deploying 50 i-MiEVs

27 June 2013

Four San Francisco Bay Area local government fleets—San Jose, Los Gatos, Campbell and Mill Valley—are deploying a total of 50 Mitsubishi i-MiEV EVs, representing the largest municipal fleet deployment of light-duty all-electric vehicles (EVs) in the US to date.

Supporting the region’s efforts to establish the Bay Area as the “EV Capital of the US” and Governor Brown’s goal of 1.5 million EVs on California roads by 2025, this deployment is one in a series the Bay Area Climate Collaborative (BACC) and partners are facilitating, which collectively could result in 250+ EVs deployed over the next 12 months.

The vehicles were secured under highly favorable lease terms, removing the upfront cost barrier and risk of traditional vehicle procurement.

The City of San Jose, which received 38 of the 50 vehicles, is aiming to power 100% of its fleet with alternative fuel vehicles by 2022 as a part of its Green Vision, and is currently 40% of the way toward achieving this goal.

This deployment also is enabling smaller municipalities to both demonstrate the benefits of EVs in fleets and emerge as sustainability leaders.

This opportunity was the result of a multi-partner, cross-sector collaboration. Mitsubishi Motors North America is the supplier of the all-electric i-MiEV. Active International, a corporate trading and marketing solutions provider with services that increase market share, funded the leases through its corporate trading program, and worked with Mike Albert Fleet Solutions, a national fleet management and services provider, to develop the highly favorable leasing terms.

The BACC validated the Bay Area market for Active International, facilitated key business relationships in support of the deal and coordinated with the public agencies to help finalize agreements.

The Bay Area Climate Collaborative (BACC) is a public-private initiative of the Silicon Valley Leadership Group and established by the Mayors of San Francisco, San Jose and Oakland to accelerate the clean energy economy. Major partners include Bank of America, PG&E, Environmental Defense Fund, industry partners including ChargePoint, and local governments representing more than 70% of the Bay Area population.

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