The Quincy Fire Department is the first City agency to begin transforming its vehicle fleet to environmentally friendly electric vehicles with a new Chevrolet Bolt used by department personnel who perform safety inspections at properties across the City.
“Moving our vehicle fleet from gas or diesel to electric where possible is a critical element of our sustainability goals. Electric vehicles not only make sense environmentally, they are less expensive to maintain and operate,” said Mayor Koch. “I’m proud that the Quincy Fire Department is taking the lead, and very much look forward to adding to our electric vehicle fleet in the coming months and years.”
Chief Joseph Jackson was so impressed with the performance, safety, and efficiency of the Department’s new vehicle that he is considering purchasing one as his family’s personal vehicle.
“Advancements in battery technology have grown exponentially over the years which really made the decision to move in this direction easy. This car is a perfect fit for us, super maneuverable with plenty of power and a surprising amount of room given its size,” he said.
The Fire Department purchase, about $25,000 from existing capital budget lines, is part of a broader program to transition the City’s vehicle fleet and provide more access for electric vehicles citywide. The City is currently undertaking a wholesale inventory of its vehicle fleet with the target of deploying more electric vehicles in the near future.
Recent new construction, such as the parking garage at the former Hancock Parking Lot and the South-West Middle School, are equipped with charging stations. The Mayor’s plan for a new Public Safety Headquarters will have EV charging stations for 30 municipal electric vehicles initially with the capacity to expand as needs grow.
Today, the City’s vehicle fleet accounts for almost a full quarter of the municipal greenhouse gas emissions.
To achieve long-term emission reduction goals within the Commonwealth, the MA Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs recently developed a roadmap of a range of cost-effective and equitable strategies to ensure Massachusetts reduces greenhouse gas emissions by at least 85% by 2050 and achieves net-zero emissions.