Santa Ana Fleet Management operates more than 900 vehicles, from fire trucks and police cruisers to riding lawn mowers. Over the past few years, Fleet Managers have added several natural-gas, hybrid and electric vehicles to its fleet, and brought in five hydrogen vehicles and fueling stations. Currently, five percent of the City’s 900 vehicles operate on alternative fuels.
Santa Ana’s fleet is managed by Rick Longobart,who earned a 2010 Environmental Leadership Award and was nominated for the 2011 Public Sector Fleet Manager of the Year award.
The City already uses particulate traps, and a GPS tracking system with route optimization to reduce emissions. If the City’s Green Fleet goals are achieved, a 75 percent alternative energy fleet can result in cost savings of about $1 million annually in addition to reducing harmful emissions.
Goals of the Green Fleet Management Plan include:
A proposal to allow employees to check out alt-fueled motor pool cars for commuting to increase utilization, generate loan fees, and decrease car allowance costs.
Discounts and a city-managed car loan program for residents for alt-fuel vehicles.
Waste management and recycling at the facility.
Transform facilities into a designated Green Model Shop.