Cincinnati To Electrify Municipal Fleet by 2035

The city of Cincinnati will beef up its efforts to shift to renewable energy starting next week with electric police cars, fire trucks, and other city vehicles.

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March 18, 2022, 7:00 AM PDT

By Diana Ionescu @aworkoffiction

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Cincinnati plans to electrify its municipal fleet as part of the city's pledge to power the city entirely through renewable energy by 2035, reports Sharon Coolidge. "[Mayor Aftab] Pureval and many of the Democratic council members campaigned on promises to not only make the city greener, but to do it in a way that helps Black and brown neighborhoods, which are disproportionately hurt by climate change, [Councilwoman Meeka] Owens said."

"The city is in the midst of building the largest municipal solar field in the country to provide that clean, renewable energy. The solar panel field in Highland County also will provide about 25% of the power to 80,000 homes that have opted-in to get renewable energy." According to Coolidge's article, "Cincinnati already has some electric cars, used by administrators who do inspections, but the new proposal includes police cruisers, fire trucks, ambulances and even garbage trucks, if available for purchase. The proposal calls for a full electric fleet by 2035, the same as the renewable energy deadline."

The city also recognizes the need for a more widespread charging network as more residents make the switch to electric cars. "This part of the plan involves finding a private partner to help with the installation of the stations at places like neighborhood parking lots and garages."

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