Largo Accelerates Its Alternative-Fuel Fleet

Ford Escape hybrid vehicle for the Problem Oriented Policing unitIn support of the City’s strategic focus on sustainability and the Largo Environmental Action Plan, the City’s light-duty fleet and equipment shall transition to 100 percent alternative-fuel by 2030. This transition will allow the organization to be more resilient, mitigate the effects of climate change, increase local air quality, and provide financial savings over the life of the vehicles. Future opportunities to transition additional types of vehicles to alternative-fuel will be made as the technology becomes available. Infrastructure to support an alternative-fuel fleet must be requested with vehicles as needed based on location, use, technology requirements, and other factors.

By the end of Fiscal Year 2020, the City will have 10 alternative-fuel vehicles out of nearly 300, representing 3.4% of the fleet. Upcoming purchases include six additional Rav 4 hybrids and 22 hybrid Police interceptors among others. In total, it is estimated by the end of Fiscal Year 2021, the City will have approximately 32 alternative-fuel vehicles, representing an estimated 10.9% of the fleet.

In support of the implementation of this policy, staff will examine the need for additional fleet efficiencies, including a motor-pool with the goal to create an innovative and interdepartmental approach to fleet management. These efforts will reduce the overall number of vehicles maintained, reduce redundant equipment significantly, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, improve local air quality and preserve the long-term financial health of the organization.

To learn more about Largo's sustainability efforts visit OurFutureLargo.com.

Photo courtesy of FORD