Feb 29, 2024 - News

Polk County plans to transition to an EV-based fleet

A photo of a van.

This Ford E-Transit van is among the first to replace some of Polk County's gasoline-powered vehicles. Photo: Courtesy of Polk County

Three electric vans were recently added to Polk County's vehicle fleet.

Why it matters: It marks the beginning of a transition to the majority of the county's 300+ vehicles being electric, Polk officials said in a news release yesterday.

Catch up fast: County Supervisors passed a resolution in 2021 to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from its operations.

  • The goal is a 90% reduction by 2040.

Zoom in: The advertised price of the vans start at around $46,000 each, which is similar to some gasoline models.

  • They can save thousands of dollars in operation costs based on a 100K-mile lifespan, according to estimates published by Merchants Fleet.

State of play: The electric fleet transition will occur in coming years as older vehicles are retired.

  • The county is also installing solar panels on some of its buildings, converting heating and cooling systems to electric and transitioning all its lighting to LED.

Fun fact: DSM is simultaneously working on a similar plan.

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