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City Council to consider declaring Longmont’s plans to promote community’s transition to electric vehicles – Longmont Times-Call


Members of City Council would declare Longmont to be a “GoEV City” and pledge development and implementation of policies and strategies to promote the community’s transition from fossil-fuel automobiles to zero-emissions cars such as electric vehicles, under a resolution up for consideration Tuesday night.

If Council adopts the proposed measure, Longmont would join a statewide initiative that encourages cities and counties to accelerate electrification of the transportation sector and would also meet Longmont’s own emissions-reduction goals to “provide cleaner air, more affordable transportation and leadership” for greater electric vehicle adoption, city staff said in a memo for Tuesday’s meeting.

Staff members reported the initiative is a statewide effort by such local climate action groups as Clean Energy Economy for the Region, Conservation Colorado, the Colorado Public Interest Research Group, the Sierra Club and the Southwest Energy Efficiency Project to support cities and counties in accelerating electric transportation, with the aim of achieving the state’s goal identified in Colorado’s Electric Vehicle Plan of nearly a million EVs on the road by 2030.

To date, Avon, Fort Collins, Boulder County, Denver, Boulder, Summit County and Golden have passed GoEV resolutions, earning the designation of GoEV cities, Longmont’s staff said,

The transportation sector needs support to move toward adoption of clean energy technology with zero-emission vehicles, or ZEVs, which include battery-electric vehicles, plug-in hybrids  and hydrogen fuel cell autos “that reduce our dependence on foreign fuels and support a healthy environment and economy; and to reduce greenhouse gas emissions,” the resolution states.

Among steps listed in the resolution:

  • “Longmont will establish a ‘ZEV First’ procurement policy” to ensure that all new light-duty vehicles purchased for the city government’s fleet are electric vehicles, “when the technology accommodates the needs of the vehicle use and departmental budgets can accommodate both vehicle acquisition and the associated charging infrastructure.”
  • “Longmont will transition its municipal fleet to medium- and heavy-duty zero-emission vehicles and off-road equipment as these vehicles become available and cost competitive in Colorado.”
  • “Longmont will support the electric vehicle charging station infrastructure needed to accommodate the transition of fleet and privately owned vehicles.”
  • “Longmont will implement community and resident-focused programs, policies, incentives and infrastructure to support transition of 30% of all vehicles registered within the city to zero-emissions by 2030, and near-100% of all vehicles by 2050.”
  • “Longmont will advocate that public transit providers including, but not limited to, the Regional Transportation District, the school district, TransFort  and Via transition all of their vehicles within Longmont to electric or zero-emission vehicles by 2035.” Transfort operates the city-subsidized FLEX bus service from Fort Collins into Longmont and Boulder. Via Mobility Services offers free transportation services and resources to Longmont seniors and adults living with a disability.
  • “Longmont will encourage shared fleets operating within the city such as taxis, Uber and Lyft, and carshare companies, to transition all shared fleet vehicles to full electric or zero-emission fleets by 2040.”
  • “Longmont will develop partnerships with micromobility companies to promote the use of electric-assisted bicycles.”
  • “Longmont will … develop policies and strategies to improve transportation equity and extend the benefits of transportation electrification to low-income households, historically underserved communities and communities disproportionately affected by the harmful effects of air pollution.”

The resolution states that Longmont already “has demonstrated leadership in the transportation sector by converting the municipal trash fleet to renewable natural gas, powered solely by methane produced at the city’s wastewater treatment plant, installing five dual-port public charging stations, purchasing 19 battery-electric vehicles and plug-in hybrid electric vehicles and working with regional partners to advance vehicle electrification efforts.”

If you go

What: Longmont City Council regular meeting

When: 7 p.m. Tuesday

Where: Civic Center Council Chambers, 350 Kimbark St., Longmont

Agenda: tinyurl.com/2y6fnhaz



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