This LPDD model legislation can be enacted on the state or local level to establish a “Green Fleet Transition” program in the enacting jurisdiction. It would establish an orderly process for the transition of a governmental fleet from one that consists exclusively of ICE vehicles to one populated by a specified level of battery electric vehicles, plug-in hybrid vehicles and hydrogen fuel cell vehicles. It is drafted to allow each jurisdiction to design the legislation to fit its unique needs, goals and policy choices with respect to alternative fuel vehicle (AFV) procurement.
The centerpiece of the legislation is a mandate directed to the entity responsible for vehicle procurement, which would require such department to develop a plan to procure specified AFVs in accordance with a specified timetable. That plan also would, among other things: (i) require procurement to follow lawful and fiscally responsible procedures; (ii) allow for cooperative procurement with other governmental entities; (iii) require the identification of available governmental incentives and cooperative procurement programs; (iv) accommodate the special needs of Police and other departments requiring vehicles with particular performance capabilities; (v) require the procurement and installation of the infrastructure needed for convenient recharging of the electric vehicles added to the fleet; and (vi) require periodic reporting and program adjustments. Operating agencies would be required to procure their vehicles in accordance with such plan, once it is adopted.