Mayor Duggan Announces the City’s First Fully Electric Vehicle Fleet at Municipal Parking Department 

Municipal Parking Enforcement Officers, Mayor Duggan, Council Member Scott Benson and Keith Hutchings, Municipal Parking Department Director announcing the city’s first all EV fleet. 

Photo courtesy of the city of Detroit

On Wednesday, March 15, the Municipal Parking Department has become the first city department to fully convert its fleet to all electric, announced Mayor Mike Duggan. Standing with MPD Director, Keith Hutchings, and other city officials, Duggan said that this is the first of what will be a larger movement to convert to electric and hybrid vehicles as part of the city’s shift toward greater sustainability.  

Last year, DDOT unveiled its first four all-electric buses; currently the city has over 250 electric and hybrid vehicles in the fleet. Detroit is now working toward converting the city’s active fleet of over 3000 vehicles to electric or hybrid vehicles, a key strategic initiative in our climate action plan to improve air quality and reduce carbon emissions. Today’s announcement of 48 new Chevy Bolt EVs and 25 on-site Level 2 charging stations marks a milestone for the city.  

Detroit’s Municipal Parking Department now has a fleet of 48 electric vehicles and 25 Level 2 charging stations.

The new fleet was deployed this week and residents can spot the new vehicles by the decals outfitted to illustrate the fleet’s 100% electric, zero emissions capacity.  

“This is our first major step toward converting city vehicles to more environmentally friendly and sustainable technologies, and I’m proud of our Municipal Parking Department and Director Keith Hutchings for leading the way,” Mayor Duggan said. “Electric vehicles are going to become the new standard everywhere, and we are going to support this transition in many ways.” 

Councilmember Scott Benson, who represents Detroit’s Third District and leads the city’s Green Task Force, said, “The City of Detroit has been diligent about becoming a greener, cleaner, and more sustainable community. This is a gigantic step that moves us toward my goal of making us the most sustainable, resilient city in the nation.” 

“The department is honored and excited to have the opportunity to test out a total EV fleet,” Hutchings said. “These new vehicles give us a chance to help our environment and we believe they will improve the quality of life for our employees.”  

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