Town Electric Vehicle and EV Charging Stations
The Town of Truckee has committed to reducing its greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 80 percent by 2040 and to achieving 100 percent renewable energy by 2050. The Town’s vehicle fleet is the single largest contributor to the Town’s carbon footprint, comprising 43% of Town GHG emissions.
The Town recently added our first all-electric vehicle (EV) to the Town vehicle pool. Partially funded by a grant from Northern Sierra Air Quality Management District, the new EV is an important step toward reducing the Town’s greenhouse gas emissions and will help us pilot EV use for future expansion throughout the Town fleet.
For our first EV the Town selected a Tesla Model 3 because this vehicle offers all-wheel drive and cold weather reliability, which are essential for year-round Town operations.
This summer, the Town will also be installing three public EV chargers at Town Hall. Once installed, free public EV charging will be provided for a period of time.
With zero tailpipe emissions, the EV is expected to reduce Town GHG emissions by 5.5 MT of CO2e annually. The battery will be charged by Truckee Donner Public Utility District electricity. TDPUD reports that nearly 65% of their electricity is currently procured from carbon-free resources, and the district is making strides to increase its renewable portfolio. EVs also have lower fueling and maintenance costs than gasoline-powered cars.