City of San Antonio to Investigate Switching its Fleet to Electric Power

Look for more Teslas around City Hall. News Radio 1200 WOAI reports City Council has hired a firm to make recommendations on converting the city's entire fleet of vehicles to electric power.

Douglas Melnick, who is the city's Chief Sustainability Officer, says the goal is to have the city lead by example in the battle to preserve the city's air quality.

"The consultant will help us study how do we shift City vehicles to electric vehicles started around our air quality and non attainment discusssions a couple of years ago," he said.

In 2017, the U.s. EPA, after years of debate, ruled that metro San Antonio was out of compliance with minimum ozone levels, ozone being the main polluter created by the exhaust of gasoline and diesel burning vehicles. The City has until 2021 to rectify the problem, or we could face penalties, including a limit on new businesses moving to the City and a requirement that motorists pass emissions tests as part of the annual vehcile inspection, which would add some $40 to the cost of the inspection.

Conceivably, the EPA has the authority to order all highway speed limits in a metro to be cut to 55 miles an hour if that is deemed necessary to reduce ozone levels to acceptable standards.

This has nothing to do with air pollution which is blown into the region from Mexico or Africa.

Melnick says even though the city's aggressive Climate Change Action plan also involves limiting gasoline and diesel powered vehicles, this study has nothing to do with that.

"One of the things about all of these efforts is, it is not just about climate change."

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