Office of Environmental and Energy Coordination

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703-324-7136 TTY 711
12000 Government Center Pkwy, Suite 533
Fairfax, VA 22035
John Morrill
Director

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OES: Fleet Electrification

Considering transportation accounts for the second largest share of greenhouse gas emissions in Fairfax County, the Operational Energy Strategy has a goal to achieve 100 percent fleet electrification by 2035. Electric vehicles, or EVs, are better for the environment and less expensive to fuel and maintain than gas or diesel-powered vehicles.

On this page, you’ll find more information about Fairfax County’s efforts to electrify its fleet.
 

Goal: County buses and fleet vehicles will be electric or a non-carbon emitting alternative by 2035. By 2035, 99% of Connector bus fleet miles traveled will be with non-carbon emitting vehicles.

Progress: 3% of the Connector buses and vehicle fleet are electric.


Operational Energy Strategy in Action: Fleet Electrification

The Fairfax County Government vehicle fleet is going green. Watch the Operational Energy Strategy in Action video to see how the county is moving away from diesel- and gas-powered vehicles to ones powered by clean energy.


Fairfax County continually seeks opportunities to green the county fleet, reduce fossil fuel consumption and use alternative fuel vehicles that emit fewer greenhouse gas emissions and harmful pollutants.

The Department of Vehicle Services (DVS) is responsible for providing a comprehensive fleet management program that incorporates environmental stewardship and sustainability. The county’s vehicle fleet now includes 273 hybrid-electric and 64 battery-electric vehicles, which accounts for 15 percent of the eligible fleet.

The Department of Transportation (DOT) is committed to sustainability and green innovation by launching a battery-electric bus pilot program and transitioning its support vehicles to electric. Fairfax Connector currently has 12 battery-electric buses (BEBs) in services as part of the pilot program. The buses have fewer moving parts, require less maintenance and lower fuel costs when fully charged, and are quieter than traditional diesel or gasoline powered buses. Currently, there are four more BEBs in production, scheduled for delivery in 2025.

The county continues to be as aggressive as possible with the transition to EV or hybrid vehicles, however this transition is driven by several factors to include the number of vehicles up for replacement in any given year, the availability of an EV or hybrid platform for that vehicle, and the availability from the vendor to provide the vehicle due to supply chain issues and demand. It’s also important to note that the number of vehicles in the county fleet is fluid as vehicles are bought or sold throughout the year.

DVS and FCDOT are also continuously expanding the electric vehicle charging infrastructure to support county fleet use as well as charging options for the public.

As of January 2024, 110 Level 2 charging ports are available at 14 county government facilities, including community centers, parking garages and government office buildings. EV charging stations at county-owned facilities are available for public use for a fee on a first-come, first-served basis.

To locate EV charging stations at county facilities, visit the ChargePoint website and use their "Find Stations" feature.

Getting to a Green Fleet: Connector Buses

12 battery-powered buses are now part of the Fairfax Connector fleet, with another four on the way by 2025.


Commuting & Telework Policies

Fairfax County offers incentives and green commuting options to reduce employee commutes. Where feasible, the county allows alternative schedules and teleworking to reduce the need for vehicle travel.


Operational Energy Strategy (OES)

The Operational Energy Strategy promotes cost-effective solutions and an energy-conscious culture for county government operations, buildings and fleet vehicles. The plan sets goals, targets and actions across major focus areas - including building energy and water use, fleet electrification, and waste management.


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