Cincinnati plans to buy electric police cars, install neighborhood charging stations

Cincinnati looks to go fully electric by 2035
Published: Mar. 17, 2022 at 1:13 PM EDT
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CINCINNATI (CINCINNATI ENQUIRER) -Starting as soon as next week the city of Cincinnati is launching a plan for a greener fleet – police cars, fire engines and garbage trucks included, according to our media partners at the Cincinnati Enquirer.

The plan, announced Thursday morning by Mayor Aftab Pureval and Councilwoman Meeka Owens, calls for the city fleet to be fully comprised of electric vehicles, installing electric vehicle charging stations in neighborhoods and along highways and drafting an updated version of the Green Cincinnati Plan, first announced in 2008.

Cincinnati City Council previously pledged Cincinnati would be powered 100% by renewable energy 2035. The city is in the midst of building the largest municipal solar field in the country to provide that clean, renewable energy. The solar panel field in Highland County also will provide about 25% of the power to 80,000 homes that have opted-in to get renewable energy.

The green energy plan will set Cincinnati up as a ‘pioneer in the green economy’

Cincinnati City Council Wednesday already approved putting $100,000 a year into green initiatives, using money given to the city via an energy rebate program. That money previously had gone directly to the general fund. The three-pronged green plan could get a council vote as soon as next week.

“Climate change impacts all of us,” said Owens, who chairs council’s new Climate, Environment and Infrastructure Committee. “If we don’t do our part at a municipal level, none of us can live a sustainable life. This impacts all of us. This is us doing our part.”

Pureval and many of the Democratic council members campaigned on promises to not only make the city greener, but to do it in a way that helps Black and brown neighborhoods, which are disproportionately hurt by climate change, Owens said.

“We are creating the foundation to protect our environment, combat the disproportionate effects of climate change on our Black and brown residents, and set Cincinnati up as a pioneer in the green economy,” Pureval said.

The Green Cincinnati plan, announced in 2008, is up for renewal

The Green Cincinnati plan was first unveiled in 2008 and was renewed in 2013 and 2018. It’s up for another renewal.

The goal is to unveil the new Green Cincinnati plan by next April.

Cincinnati already has some electric cars, used by administrators who do inspections, but the new proposal includes police cruisers, fire trucks, ambulances and even garbage trucks, if available for purchase. The proposal calls for a full electric fleet by 2035, the same as the renewable energy deadline.

As more and more citizens opt for electric cars, Owens said the city recognizes the need for charging stations. This part of the plan involves finding a private partner to help with the installation of the stations at places like neighborhood parking lots and garages.

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