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Seattle Endorses PHEVs+Plug-In Austin
Dec 14, 2005 (From the CalCars-News archive)
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This unanimous vote by the Seattle City Council is another step toward the roll-out of the national version of Plug-In Austin. Seattle (King County) already has one of the largest hybrid fleets (for a complete list see http://www.newdream.org/­hev/­Current_fleet_data.pdf) and Mayor Greg Nickel is the organizer of the US Mayors Climate Protection Agreement (see http://www.seattle.gov/­mayor/­climate including a map of the 185 endorsing cities).

For the online version, go to <http://clerk.ci.seattle.wa.us/­~public/­RESN1.htmhttp://clerk.ci.seattle.wa.us/­~public/­RESN1.htm and enter Resolution No. 30825

Resolution Number: 30825

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A RESOLUTION to promote and encourage the manufacture and use of plug-in hybrid vehicles.

Date introduced/referred: November 28, 2005
Date adopted: December 12, 2005
Status: Adopted
Vote: 9-0

Committee: Transportation Sponsor: CONLIN

Index Terms: STATING-POLICY, ENVIRONMENTAL-PROTECTION, MOTOR-VEHICLES, PURCHASING

Note: Related: Res. 30316, 30461, 30593

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A RESOLUTION to promote and encourage the manufacture and use of plug-in hybrid vehicles.

WHEREAS, Resolution 30316 supports the City of Seattle's efforts to curb global warming, and adopts greenhouse gas emission reduction goals for the city of Seattle, and calls for new actions toward achieving those goals; and

WHEREAS, Resolution 30461 reaffirms the City's commitment to continuous improvement in environmental stewardship, and urban sustainability through a "Lean Green City Government" program reducing the City's use of gasoline and other fossil fuels; and

WHEREAS, Resolution 30593 endorses the City of Seattle's Clean, Green Fleet Action Plan, a commitment to environmental protection and restoration and which sets goals and targets for reducing fuel use and tailpipe emissions from the City's vehicle fleet; and

WHEREAS, in 2002, the City of Seattle completed an inventory of greenhouse gas emissions in Seattle which shows that gasoline and diesel vehicles are both the largest and fastest growing source of emissions that contribute to global warming pollution; and

WHEREAS, on February 16th, 2005, the day the international Kyoto Protocol became binding for the 141 nations that had ratified it, Mayor Nickels made a commitment for Seattle to achieve a Kyoto target of reducing citywide gW0 house gas emissions to 7 percent below 1990 levels by 2012; and

WHEREAS, in February 2005, Mayor Nickels appointed a Green Ribbon Commission to identify and recommend actions and strategies for the City and its residents, businesses and public institutions to take to meet the Kyoto target, including vehicles and fuels that reduce global warming pollution in our region; and

WHEREAS, flexible fuel plug in hybrid electric vehicle technology exists that could reduce oil imports, improve air and water quality and substantially reduce greenhouse gases emitted by cars and trucks; and

WHEREAS, the City of Austin, Texas, is seeking the support of the City of Seattle and other local governments around the country for its Plug-In Partners National Campaign to demonstrate to automakers that a market for flexible fuel Plug in Hybrid Electric Vehicles exists today, NOW, THEREFORE,

BE IT RESOLVED BY THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF SEATTLE, THE MAYOR
CONCURRING, THAT:

Section 1. The Office of Sustainability & Environment and Seattle City Light are requested to research incentives to encourage the future purchase by the City of flexible-fuel plug-in hybrid vehicles.

Section 2. The Fleets & Facilities Department is requested to research the availability and cost of purchasing a plug-in hybrid van for use in the City's motor vehicle fleet.

Section 3. The City of Seattle will support local, state, and federal policies that will promote plug- in hybrid vehicles.

Adopted by the City Council the ____ day of _________, 2005, and signed by me in open session in authentication of its adoption this _____ day of __________, 2005.

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President __________of the City Council

THE MAYOR CONCURRING:
_________________________________
Gregory J. Nickels, Mayor

Filed by me this ____ day of _________, 2005. ____________________________________
City Clerk

December 12, 2005
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http://clerk.ci.seattle.wa.us/­~public/­fnote/­30825.htmFISCAL NOTE FOR NON-CAPITAL PROJECTS

Legislation Title: A Resolution to promote and encourage the manufacture and use of plug-in hybrid vehicles.

Summary of the Legislation:

The Resolution promotes and encourages the manufacture and use of plug-in hybrid vehicles by requesting that the Office of Sustainability & Environment research incentives to encourage the future purchase by the City of flexible-fuel plug-in hybrid vehicles and that the Fleets & Facilities Department research the availability and cost of purchasing a plug-in hybrid van for use in the City's motor vehicle fleet

Background: In 2002, the City of Seattle completed an inventory of greenhouse gas emissions in Seattle which shows that gasoline and diesel vehicles are both the largest and fastest growing source of emissions that contribute to global warming pollution. The plug-in hybrid vehicle (PHEV) is a gas-optional vehicle that offers a viable alternative to petroleum dependant transportation. Although they have the technology, automakers have been reluctant to manufacture PHEVs. Fleet buyers can lead the way to change by creating a PHEV market. Through this legislation the City will join with the City of Austin and other local governments around the country through the Plug-In Partners National Campaign to demonstrate to automakers that a market for flexible fuel Plug in Hybrid Electric Vehicles exists today.

Please check one of the following: __X__ This legislation does not have any financial implications. (Stop here and delete the remainder of this document prior to saving and printing.)

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