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Electric vehicles (EVs) can be a key ingredient in low-carbon societies. The EV market is growing rapidly, manufacturing costs are falling and governments are committing to increasing EV adoption through policy and program development. Increasingly, private and public sector corporations are using EVs in their fleets to maintain or elevate the quality of fleet operations, reduce fleet expenses and fulfill environmental commitments.

At the local-scale however, barriers to implementation exist, especially in the public sector and more specifically, municipal governments. In these resource-constrained contexts, stakeholders can struggle to build robust EV business cases that could advance adoption by effectively communicating to decision-makers the environmental, economic and social advantages of EVs over conventional vehicles.

This report is designed to help fleet managers and other stakeholders build EV business cases. It does so by providing an overview of important considerations based on existing North American business cases and guidance documents. It is not intended to be prescriptive or exhaustive but provides a framework of considerations that stakeholders can use to effectively communicate the advantage of EV fleet vehicles to municipal decision-makers.

This report is divided into 4 sections. Section 1 provides an overview of EVs and EV charging infrastructure. Section 2 provides an overview of the rationale for the transition of corporate fleets to EVs. Section 3 outlines the key considerations in building EV fleet business cases. Section 4 provides suggestions on how EV business cases can advance the adoption of EV fleet vehicles.

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