The four mayors say electric vehicles can cut maintenance and refueling costs by 37 percent, and those four cities pride themselves in being green-vehicle-friendly. Currently, at least half of the new sedans the city of Los Angeles purchases must be EVs, while Portland is looking to expand the city's EV fleet as a percentage of total fleet vehicles from 20 percent today to 30 percent in 2020. Take a look at the press release from Lee's office here and find the request for information here.
Granted, we're not expecting those cities to pony up for Teslas (at least not until the Model 3 sees the light of day) or Bimmers, and models such as the Volkswagen e-Golf, Fiat 500e, and Smart ForTwo ED are rather low-volume affairs. So here's guessing that the mayors are eyeballing General Motors to see what kind of deal can be cut for a bunch of Chevrolet Bolt EVs, which started sales last month. The Nissan Leaf could also fit the bill, and there's always the possibility the cars could come from a mix of automakers. It sounds as though the mayors are looking for any information they can get on electric cars that will be available in the future, not just those on sale today.
To put those 24,000 EVs into perspective, Americans last year bought approximately 77,000 pure EVs (we always have to say "approximately" because stubborn Tesla Motors doesn't break out sales specifically for the US), including about 14,000 Nissan Leaf vehicles and more than 7,600 BMW i3 EVs.