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File #: 15-15551    Version: 1 Name:
Type: Consent Item Status: Agenda Ready
File created: 4/8/2021 In control: City Council Business Meeting
On agenda: 4/26/2021 Final action:
Title: CATS Battery Electric Buses Agreement
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Title
CATS Battery Electric Buses Agreement

Action
Action:
A. Authorize the City Manager to negotiate and execute an agreement with eTransEnergy, a Duke Energy company, to provide a phased program for a conversion to an electric bus fleet in alignment with the city's Strategic Energy Action Plan goals, and

B. Authorize the City Manager to negotiate and execute any amendments necessary to carry out the program, including for electric buses, charging infrastructure, and related electrical infrastructure installation services.

Body
Staff Resource(s):
John Lewis, CATS
Allen Smith III, CATS
Jennifer Fehribach, CATS

Explanation
* The city, along with support from the American Cities Climate Challenge, is developing the CATS Battery Electric Bus (BEB) fleet transition plan.
* eTransEnergy, a Duke Energy company, was selected as the city's partner after receiving an unsolicited BEB proposal seeking competitive bids.
* This action supports the Strategic Energy Action Plan which strives to have city fleet and facilities be fueled by 100 percent zero-carbon sources by 2030 and sets a community-wide goal for Charlotte to become a low carbon city by 2050.
* On June 2, 2020, the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) awarded CATS a Low or No Emissions Grant (Low-No) in the amount of $3,723,712 to purchase six BEBs and chargers. CATS will match this grant 50/50 for a total amount of $7,447,424.
* eTransEnergy will provide a multi-phased approach for the CATS conversion to a full BEB fleet. Phases will include:
* A 12 to 18-month pilot program with a total of 18 BEBs from three different bus manufacturers.
* Grant funds will support CATS' purchase of a total of six BEBs from eTransEnergy. eTransEnergy will purchase the vehicles from three different manufacturers.
* Under the terms of the Unsolicited BEB Proposal:
* CATS will purchase 12 additional BEBs from eTransEnergy. eTransEnergy will purchase the vehicles from the same three manufacturers for a total of 18 vehi...

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