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Greening Municipal Fleets

Reducing fuel consumption by municipal vehicles is one way that Massachusetts cities and towns can save money, while also helping the environment.  However, reducing fuel usage can be challenging.  Vehicle fuel consumption on average represents ~20% of total municipal energy usage for towns involved in the MA DOER Green Communities program.  However, vehicle fuel usage reductions have only represented 2% of all energy reductions achieved by Green Communities to date.  This issue presents particular challenges for small rural communities, where vehicle fuel usage can account for up to 35% of municipal energy usage.

In order to help municipalities cut costs and achieve greater fuel efficiency, we are conducting research to identify obstacles to fuel use reduction and compile information regarding how to overcome these challenges.  The fact sheets below describe strategies and technologies that can be used to reduce vehicle fuel consumption in your city or town.

Fact Sheets

Strategies to Reduce Fuel Usage by Municipal Fleets

Idle Reduction Technology

Telematics Software for Vehicles

Alternative Fuel Vehicles for Municipal Fleets

Hybrid, Hybrid Plug-In, and Battery Electric Vehicles

Fuel Efficient Vehicle Purchasing Guide for Municipalities - Coming soon.

Funding Sources

Massachusetts Green Community Program - Designated and competitive grants, which can include financing of electric vehicles, electric vehicle infrastructure, and energy conservation measures in vehicles, including idle reduction, vehicle telematics, and hybrid retrofits. 

Massachusetts Electric Vehicle Incentive Program (MassEVIP) - An open-enrollment grant program administered by the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection, providing incentives for the acquisition of electric vehicles, zero-emission electric motorcycles, and the installation of Level 2 dual-port charging stations.

 Volkswagen Diesel Settlements - Funds distributed through the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (MassDEP) for replacment of older, inefficient diesel equipment and purchase of electric vehicles and charging infrastructure.

MAPC Green Mobility Group Purchasing Program - A collaboration among MA Department of Energy Resource, MA Operational Services Division and the Metropolitan Area Planning Commission to offer bulk and accelerated time-frame discounts for manufacturer-approved, after-market hybrid electric conversions through XL Hybrids.