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The State of California owns and operates a fleet of nearly 50,000 vehicles that range from electric compact vehicles to heavy-duty trucks. Along with cost and performance, reduction of air emissions and improved fuel efficiency have been on the forefront of vehicle purchasing decisions, illustrating the state’s commitment to purchasing the lowest environmental impact vehicle.

Green Contracts

The following contracts below offer various automobiles including electric and hybrid vehicles. The Governors Executive Order B-16-2012 promotes the procurement of electric and hybrid vehicles due to their reduced impact on the environment during operation as compared to their gasoline-powered counterparts. View the contracts for complete details.

These contracts may be open to Local Governmental Agencies as defined by Public Contract Code Section 10298. Click on “Buy Green Now” to view the Contract User Instructions for further details.

Contract Name: Fleet Vehicles Cars
Contract ID/Number: 1-16-23-10 A - I

Contract Name: Fleet Vehicles - Vans & SUVs
Contract ID/Number: 1-16-23-23 A - H

Contract Name: Fleet Vehicles - Trucks 
Contract ID/Number: 1-16-23-20 A - J

Contract Name: Electric Vehicles
Contract ID/Number: 1-15-23-20H

Contract Name: Electric & Plug-In Hybrid Vehicles
Contract ID/Number: 1-15-23-20I

Contract Name: Plug-In Hybrid Electric Vehicles
Contract ID/Number: 1-16-23-20K

Contract Name: Electric Vehicles (Truck)
Contract ID/Number: 1-16-23-20L

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Click on the link for information on Electric Vehicle Charging Stations.

Specifications

The following evaluation methodology, environmental disclosures, and, technical and environmental specifications are incorporated in the state's contract(s) and are linked here for informational purposes only.

To Buy Green through the state's contract, click on the Green Contracts accordion and select "Buy Green Now."

Cars, Vans, SUVs, & Trucks

Electric Plug-In Hybrid Vehicles

Laws, Regulations and Policy

Cars, Vans, & SUVs

Regulations

  • California Code of Regulations, Title 13, Section 1961 - Exhaust Emission Standards and Test Procedures - 2004 and Subsequent Model Passenger Cars, Light-Duty Trucks, and Medium-Duty Passenger Vehicles

Policy

  • Executive Order S-3-05
  • Executive Order W-100-94
  • Executive Order B-16-12
  • Executive Order B-18-12 - Governor's Green Building Initiative
  • Management Memo 03-18 - Acquisition of State Vehicles
  • Management Memo 06-03 - Vehicle Purchase and Leasing
  • Management Memo 08-04 - Minimum Fuel Economy Standards Policy

Trucks

Laws

  • Health and Safety Code Section 25215.6 - Lead Wheel Weights
  • Health and Safety Code Section 43200.1 - Environmental Labeling
  • Public Contract Code Section 12300 - Legislature Recycle Content Purchasing Requirements
  • Public Contract Code Sections 12200-12217 - State Agency Buy Recycled Campaign Requirements

Regulations

  • California Code of Regulations, Title 13, Section 1956.8 - Idle Emission Standards Exhaust Standard
  • California Code of Regulations, Title 13, Section 1961 - Exhaust Emission Standards and Test Procedures - 2004 and Subsequent Model Passenger Cars, Light-Duty Trucks, and Medium-Duty Passenger Vehicles
  • California Code of Regulations, Title 13, Section 1968.2 - On-board Diagnostic Systems, medium duty engines (OBDII)
  • California Code of Regulations, Title 13, Section 1971.1 - On-board Diagnostic Systems, heavy duty engines (HD OBD)
  • California Code of Regulations, Title 13, Section 2022 –Diesel Particulate Control
  • Code of Federal Regulations, Title 40, Section 86.007-11 – Control of Emissions from New and In-Use Highway Vehicles and Engine

Policy

  • Management Memo 01-22 - Re-Refined Oil
  • Management Memo 06-03 - Vehicle Purchase and Leasing
  • Management Memo 08-04 - Minimum Fuel Economy Standard Policy

Electric & Plug-In Hybrid Vehicles

Laws

  • Health and Safety Code Section 25250.51 - Motor Vehicle Brake Friction Materials

Regulations

  • California Code of Regulations, Title 13, Section 1961 - Exhaust Emission Standards and Test Procedures - 2004 and Subsequent Model Passenger Cars, Light-Duty Trucks, and Medium-Duty Passenger Vehicles

Policy

  • Management Memo 12-03 - Solar Reflective Colors For State Vehicles

Certifications and Standards

  • California Clean Idle
  • California Environmental Performance
  • California On-Road Certification
  • ToxProof

Buying Tips

  • Assess your vehicle needs, fuel and energy availability first. Hybrid or electric vehicles may be a better choice in metropolitan areas where stop and go traffic is apparent.
  • Check California Environmental Performance Labels and check California's Drive Clean website for cars that have the highest Global Warming and SMOG scores.
  • Request manufactures disclose their Global Automotive Declarable Substance List (GADSL), looking for vehicles that contain the least amount of hazardous substances.
  • Look for vehicles that have National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) Safe Car 5-Star Safety Rating.
  • See if manufacturers offer certified interior textiles and high-efficiency air filters.
  • Buy from manufacturers who track their auto parts and materials in the International Material Data System (IMDS) a2-Optimizer.
  • Buy from industry leaders participating in programs to lessen environmental impacts.

References and Resources