Fleets Go Electric

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Are electric vehicles a good fit for fleets? See how the City of Madison will save money and reduce emissions by going electric.

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  1. Jane McCurry said:

    Woohoo! Keep it up, Madison.

    at 2:03 pm on December 3, 2019
  2. Laura said:

    I did not know some EVs could get to Milwaukee and back on a charge. That could work for our household.

    at 2:07 pm on December 3, 2019
  3. Marina Menendez said:

    Electric vehicles are perfect for Madison based on the size of the city and the type of driving mostly done. Plus with the numerous charging stations and MGE Shift & Save program, it you can offset the extra electric expense.

    at 2:10 pm on December 3, 2019
  4. Jerome Dempsey said:

    Super advance – congrats on this great move to electric. We have an all-electric Chevy Bolt now for a year – best car ( out of 27) we have ever owned .Great pick up and handling, no emissions and up to 325 mile range with one overnight charge …using MGE reduced rates by charging at off-peak hours. Will be an even more ideal climate change buster when MGE acquires green energy for all of its customers , so that charging our vehicles will also be carbon free. Go electric!!!

    at 2:18 pm on December 3, 2019
  5. Keevin Allen said:

    Great direction for the future. The price differential keeps getting lowered as more of the transportation industry focus on electric vehicles.

    at 2:25 pm on December 3, 2019
  6. Jane said:

    I love the idea of replacing gas engines, especially for use in the downtown area, Maintenance advantages alone should make them more appealing. My only concern for fleet use is the need for many recharging stations which might be needed at the same time.

    at 2:30 pm on December 3, 2019
  7. Dan said:

    Nice! It’s great to see the city is moving forward in striving for better air quality and reduction in their carbon footprint. Keep up the great work!

    at 2:52 pm on December 3, 2019
  8. Nick said:

    I applaud this transition. Additionally, with a 10 year vehicle service life, the IPCC report and the superior driving capability with electric vehicles they are becoming the only logical vehicle choice. How can we accelerate this transition? Is it possible to purchase only electric vehicles where available? If we are purchasing electric buses, can we stop buying expensive, traffic clogging and health damaging diesel buses? The faster we transition, the better our city will be.

    at 3:14 pm on December 3, 2019
  9. Mary Ploeser said:

    We love our ev. It only has a range of 127 miles. The newer ones have greater range. Keep buying them for our city!

    at 3:34 pm on December 3, 2019
  10. Anita Faulkner said:

    We have had an all-electric car since 2012 and love it. It only gets 85 miles on a charge which is fine for driving around the Madison area and we rent a car when we go out of town. Not one mechanical issue in over seven years and no oil on garage floor or standing in the freezing winter at a gas station. I am so glad to see Madison getting on board with EVs in their their fleet. The reduced cost of maintenance is a huge plus for the city. Good news all the way around!

    at 3:47 pm on December 3, 2019
  11. Ross DePaola said:

    My next car will be all electric. Hands down what is there not to like? They are lower maintenance (no more oil changes!), you refuel in your garage, fuel is about $1/gallon equivalent, all the latest electronics and safety features, they’re quiet AND they’re zippy & fun to drive!
    Since the electricity they use is partially from renewable energy, they cut carbon emissions. As more renewable energy comes on-line, they are the only vehicles that become more efficient and cleaner over time!

    at 3:56 pm on December 3, 2019
  12. Jay Sandvick said:

    Good to see Madison catching up with the leading EV adoption cities. The maintenance costs are so much less and the operational costs are more predictable. It’s a win-win.

    Next it would be good to see public EV charging infrastructure support on a City level. MG&E is very supportive, but we need to see that level of support and commitment from our governmental agencies and representatives.

    On City, County and State levels we desperately need EV charging access protection laws and enforcement that match states like Washington, Texas and Colorado.

    at 4:33 pm on December 3, 2019
  13. Eric said:

    I drive a PHEV Pacifica and can’t imagine going backwards. Must move forward!

    at 4:33 pm on December 3, 2019
  14. Ashley said:

    I’m so pleased that Madison is moving ahead with electric vehicles. Transportation is one of the most important areas to adjust to the climate crisis and I’m glad the city is working on that. Cars, trucks, box trucks, yeah!!

    at 4:50 pm on December 3, 2019
  15. John Evenson said:

    Nice piece. It is nudging me closer to buying an EV.

    at 5:09 pm on December 3, 2019
  16. clark johnson said:

    We have a VOLT and love it. Costs 53¢/equivalent gallon of gas.

    at 5:25 pm on December 3, 2019
  17. Ivan Kalinin said:

    Finally! An EV (or ev?) car with enough distance for our commute!
    My wife & I live in Middleton, and we work in Stoughton (we build semi-truck trailers).
    The daily round-trip is 62 miles, and there is no charging station at work.
    When we last looked at electric cars, they just didn’t have the range.
    Now they do!

    at 7:13 pm on December 3, 2019
  18. Maggie weiss said:

    Yea mMadison. So proud of you decision to go electric.

    at 9:36 pm on December 3, 2019
  19. David Phillips said:

    I think there is a cab company in town that is switching over to all electric.

    at 11:09 pm on December 3, 2019
  20. Brian Clark said:

    Way cool. And impressive. Onward…

    at 9:03 am on December 4, 2019
  21. Stuart Utley said:

    It makes sense to transition to electric vehicles for all sorts of reasons. Many more people and communities will be adapting to them in the next few years!

    at 12:45 pm on December 4, 2019
  22. Val said:

    Great plan. Just wish the vehicles were a little noisier!
    Bit by bit we are making Madison a cleaner city.

    at 3:55 pm on December 5, 2019
  23. Simon Schiferl said:

    I love this! It makes perfect sense to use EVs in fleets!

    at 10:14 pm on December 8, 2019
  24. Jan Hoffman said:

    Longer distance than expected before a charge! I’m wondering, can you create a solar/electric car? Meaning allow the car to run from solar power while the electric is back up? I would be interested and would like to find a way to follow up on if this is at all possible. With your expertise in solar you probably are already tackling this concept.

    at 3:36 pm on May 5, 2020

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