Jolts & Volts | Electrify Your Fleet

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When: January 9, 2018
Time: 8:30 a.m. -- Noon
Where: Seattle Municipal Tower, 700 5th Avenue, 40th Floor

Amp up your morning, amp up your fleet!

Adding electric vehicles to your fleet makes sense -- they save gas, money and pollution -- but where do you begin?

Our info-packed morning workshop (caffeine-fuel provided) featured fellow fleet managers's practical guidance and best practices on how to successfully electrify your fleet from the ground up. 

Participants learned about a variety of fleet electrification topics:

  • Starting out and "scaling up" 
  • Purchasing costs and methods, including using Washington's State Contract
  • Installing charging infrastructure
  • Driver acceptance and education
  • Maintenance


Workshop speakers included:

  • Kimberley Cline | Coordinator -- Partnerships, Policy and Outreach, Western Washington Clean Cities

    [Slideshow: Electrify Your Fleet]

  • Andrea Pratt | Green Fleet Manager, City of Seattle
    The City of Seattle began greening its fleet in the late 1990s with CNG and in the early 2000s with Toyota Prius hybrids. Today, its fleet has 100 all-electric vehicles, 65 plug-in hybrids, and over 500 conventional hybrids. Andrea described what the City has learned along this journey, how going electric has improved the City's bottom line, and why “dumb” isn’t necessarily a bad quality in a charger. She also shared highlights from the recent installation of 200 new chargers for the City's EV fleet - which includes one of the largest garage installations in the country.

    [Slideshow: Seattle's Fleet Electrification]

  • Ross Freeman | Sustainability Manager, City of Mercer Island
    Ross shared the perspective of a smaller government agency. He has been nudging along the City of Mercer Island’s growing electric vehicle fleet, but it hasn’t all been smooth-sailing. After a few disappointing pilot projects before his arrival, Ross made sure to engage key staff, offer test drives, and seek out the most suitable commercial-quality products to ensure future program success. The City now has six EVs in its fleet, four charging stations, and over 5% of employees commute in some type of electric vehicle.

    [Slideshow: Mercer Island's EV Journey]

  • George Carter III | Fleet & Parking Services Manager, Washington State Department of Enterprise Services
    The Washington State Department of Enterprises Services (DES) not only has its own fleet, but also manages fleets for other state agencies. The state made headlines last year when it placed an order for 101 Chevy Bolts ~ one of the largest single government orders of electric vehicles in the country at that time. George discussed some of the nuts & “Bolts” of introducing these vehicles into the fleet, and the benefits these vehicles are already reaping. Since just April 2017, the Bolts have saved the state nearly $7,000 in fuel costs, and reduced 60 tons of greenhouse gases.

    [Slideshow: Washington State's Electric Fleets Initiative]

  • Philip D. Saunders, DSL, MCFE, LSSGB | Contract Specialist, Washington State Department of Enterprise Services
    Philip negotiates the best pricing for vehicles and equipment available on the state procurement contract for public entities. In other words, he saves fleets a bunch of money! Philip provided an overview of the electric vehicles currently on the state procurement contract available, as well as those coming soon. He also reviewed the electric vehicle infrastructure packages available to public fleets.

    [Slideshow: Washington State DES Contract & Solicitation Process]