Baltimore Mayor Signs Bill Requiring 100% Zero Emissions Vehicles by 2030 for City Administrative Fleet

Dec. 14, 2023
The recent bill signing is an important action by City government and the Department of General Services to reach the City's climate goals of being 100% carbon neutral by 2045

Baltimore Mayor Brandon M. Scott has signed City Council Bill 21-0159 into law to help facilitate the transition to zero emissions vehicles for the City's administrative fleet. Under the bill, all new vehicles introduced to the City's fleet – including sedans, small pickups, and SUVs – will be required to be zero-emissions vehicles, most likely all-electric, by 2030. 

“Baltimore government has the chance to lead in transitioning away from fossil fuels and leaving a livable planet for our children and grandchildren,” said Councilman Mark Conway (District 4). “Passing this bill, and now having it signed into law, means a more modern, environmentally friendly fleet for city workers and a lower carbon footprint for city government.”

Balitmore's recent greenhouse gas analysis shows transportation emissions account for 23% of the City's greenhouse gas footprint. Reports from peer municipalities highlighted that there are significant long-term cost savings associated with having an all-electric administrative fleet due to lower fuel and operations costs. 

The recent bill signing is an important action by the City government and the Department of General Services to reach the City's climate goals of being 100% carbon neutral by 2045. 

The law does allow for some exemptions if the technology does not yet exist or the vehicles are cost-prohibitive. It will also require the Department of General Services to report annually on both the transition and the possibility for the heavy-duty fleet to begin transitioning to zero emissions as well. 

“My administration knows the critical importance of ensuring our city is able to confront the climate crisis head-on and do everything in our power to ensure Baltimore is leading the way in sustainability and climate resilience,” said Mayor Brandon M. Scott. “Doing so requires us to look at the steps city government can take to change the way it operates, and work to modernize our systems to be more climate-conscious.” 

Since the 2010s, Baltimore has established a history of piloting electric vehicles throughout its fleet operations as part of the Maryland Energy Administration's Smart Energy Communities Program. Recently, a Ford Mach-E was delivered to the City Comptroller's Office, and 19 additional electric vehicles are expected to be introduced this year to the Department of General Services Fleet Division.