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The Benefits of Electrifying City Fleets

The benefits of electrification of the urban fleet

According to a recent study by the New York Times, less than 1% of the 250 million vehicles on the roads in the United States today are electric vehicles.

As automakers hope to make electric vehicles account for a quarter of all new car sales by 2035, the benefits of electrifying urban fleets seriously fall on cities that are willing to become electrified sooner rather than later.

The federal government is actively promoting the national electrification plan. From the promise of replacing the entire federal fleet of 645,000 cars, trucks, and SUVs with electric vehicles, to promoting the advancement of electric vehicle charging infrastructure across the United States, making it easier to drive electric vehicles across the country—not just in the United States California, New York and several other states-now is the time to electrify urban fleet vehicles.

Today, Rubicon® announced that the company is working with XL Fleet to provide electrification as a service products to Rubicon’s extensive network of transportation partners. XL Fleet is a leader in electrification solutions for commercial and municipal vehicle fleets in categories 2-6 and plans to expand its products to heavy-duty applications including waste management.

With this partnership in mind, I want to briefly talk about the three core advantages of urban electrification and its fleet from the perspective of the local community, the city government, and the entire environment.

Local community

Multiple studies have shown that people living in densely populated urban environments—especially children—are more likely to develop a range of diseases, including asthma, bronchiolitis, and even cancer, due to the release of gas-driven windows toxin. Vehicles on the street below.

This effect is especially noticeable for children and adolescents living in areas with severe traffic congestion, because cars and other vehicles emit smoke for most of the day. According to United Nations data, air pollution caused 4.2 million premature deaths in 2016.

Electric vehicles eliminate this problem locally. When the urban fleet chooses to take the electrified route, they are providing public health services to the most vulnerable communities in the city.

City Hall

Switching city fleet vehicles from gas-powered to electric will immediately help your city make progress in achieving sustainability and environmental, social and governance (ESG) goals, and set a precedent for your local major employers and residents.

Take Houston, Texas as an example. As part of the city’s broader sustainability goals, Houston plans to convert approximately 8,000 Houston’s non-emergency light municipal fleet vehicles to electric vehicles by 2030. It provides nearly 5 million trips every year and has supported 14 all-electric vehicles, making it one of the largest on the East Coast.

Energizing your city fleet is a victory for operational efficiency, long-term cost savings, and the environment. In a similar way, Rubicon’s award-winning smart city technology platform RUBICONSmartCity™ enables municipal governments to perform waste, recycling, and municipal fleet operations faster, smarter, and more efficiently.

Given the inherent cost efficiency and environmental benefits, the electrification plan is a logical evolution of Rubicon's comprehensive service offerings.


The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) estimates that a typical passenger car emits approximately 4.6 metric tons of carbon dioxide per year. This number depends on many factors, including the type of fuel burned, the fuel efficiency of the vehicle, and the number of miles driven.

Although there are more electric vehicles charged by solar energy than ever before, providing true zero-emission riding, most of the power generation does come from burning fossil fuels. That being said, electric cars are more efficient than cars that use traditional gas-powered internal combustion engines. In an in-depth article on the efficiency of electric vehicles, the New York Times said:

"For example, an all-electric Chevrolet Bolt is expected to produce an average of 189 grams of carbon dioxide per mile during its lifetime. By comparison, a new gasoline-fueled Toyota Camry is estimated to produce 385 grams of carbon dioxide per mile. . A new Ford F-150 pickup truck is less fuel efficient and produces 636 grams of carbon dioxide per mile.”

When a city chooses to electrify its fleet, it brings a huge victory not only for the local environment, but also for its state, country, and the entire world.

To learn more about the cooperation agreement between Rubicon and XL Fleet, click here. To learn more about RUBICONSmartCity, request a demo or sign up for a free trial, please fill out the form on this page and a member of the RUBICONSmartCity team will contact you immediately.

Michael Allegretti is Rubicon's Chief Strategy Officer. In order to stay ahead of the new global partnerships and cooperation announced by Rubicon, be sure to follow us on LinkedIn, Facebook, and Twitter, or contact us immediately.

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