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Sunnyvale EV mobility or Zero Emission Fleet

Convert city vehicles to EV and install proper infrastructure.

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Written by

Steve Joesten, Infinera, Sunnyvale Sustainability Commissioner

How are you connected to Sunnyvale?

  • I work in Sunnyvale.

What type of applicant are you?

  • Team

Stage of Development.

  • Idea with a working prototype

What problem are you aiming to solve? (100 words)

GHG reduction, marketing of Sunnyvale as EV friendly, rolling advertisement for sustainability.

Tell us more about your climate strategy or solution (500 words)

EV produce no GHG, offset use of petroleum products (gas, oil, etc)

Describe how your solution could be a game-changer for your selected Opportunity Area (100 words)

More Evs on the road demonstrate SV commitment to clean energy and push towards a zero emission fleet.

Explain how your idea would be implemented in Sunnyvale (700 words)

As the current fleet of gas powered vehicles reach their natural end of life purchase EV to replace. Would need to ut EV infrastructure in the fleet yards. Eventually fleet would be converted to ZEV. Truck infrastructure will come in the next few years and make a concerted effort to move the truck and maintenance fleet to ZEV. Influence any school buses or shuttle buses operating in Sunnyvale to be all electric.

What kind of impact will your idea have? (250 words)

Both direct reduction and advertising EV sustainability.

Scale: Describe how your idea could reach a significant number of people affected. (250 words)

Take advantage of corporate fleet buying opportunities, government rebate programs, spread to neighboring cities, total cost of ownership of all electric fleet more cost effective over the long term.

As you consider your next steps, what kinds of help could you use? Is there a type of expertise that would be most helpful? (300 words)

Study issue for the city manager to investigate the EV cost and opportunity.

Are you willing to share your email contact information submitted on OpenIDEO with our partners?

  • Yes, share my contact information

[Optional] Biography: Upload your biography. Please include links to relevant information (portfolio, LinkedIn profile, organization website, etc).

At the Commission

Evaluation results

1 evaluation so far

1. From a range of 1-5, how interested/compelled are you to bring this idea into your own life or into the city?

1 - Not Interested - 100%

2 - 0%

3 - 0%

4 - 0%

5 - Very interested - 0%

2. From a range of 1-5, does this idea provide benefits aside from reducing carbon emissions?

1 - Low co-benefits - 100%

2 - 0%

3 - 0%

4 - 0%

5 - High co-benefits - 0%

3. From a scale of 1-5, what do you feel is the feasibility of this idea to work well in Sunnyvale?

1 - Not feasible - 100%

2 - 0%

3 - 0%

4 - 0%

5 - Very feasible - 0%

4. From a range of 1-5, what is your hunch about how much this idea will cost the Sunnyvale community to implement properly?

1 - High cost to the community - 100%

2 - 0%

3 - 0%

4 - 0%

5 - Low cost to the community - 0%


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Battery vehicles are “green washing” since they aren’t much better for ecology than petroleum vehicles. We must invest in much cleaner hydrogen fuel cell vehicles: Comparison below:
Fuel Cell requires less space and weight on the vehicle than batteries
Generates less than half Green House Gases
Uses less energy and power scales to support heavy vehicles
Quick ~Five minutes to refuel Cell.
Fuel Cells don't require PG&E upgraded power network (opposite of shrinking grid use!)
Less end-of-live toxic waste to dispose
Fuel Cells Capacity doesn't decline over time
Less expensive

Large Lithium batteries are less than fifty percent recyclable, and requires toxic burning to separate materials! Battery vehicles have four times the precious metals of similar fuel cell vehicles! Soon no one will accept US's toxic trash, so battery vehicles should be eliminated. At last week's SF Moscone Center energy conference, an Industry Speaker clarified lithium batteries requires a toxic disposal fee.

We must invest in renewable energy that reduces power grid reliance. Fuel cell vehicles (toyota/honda) and stations produce less than half the toxic waste and GHG of electric vehicles. Available now:

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The City should lead on EV adoption. It would be helpful if the city were to account for the social cost of carbon in its purchasing.