Greening Our Commute

CDCR is leading the way with its electric vehicle fleet and workplace charging


California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) is one of the largest departments in State government and over the past decade has been a leader in meeting or exceeding the Administration’s energy and sustainability goals and objectives. CDCR’s fleet is also one of the largest State fleets, with over nearly 10,000 total fleet assets including leased vehicles and mobile equipment. These fleet assets serve a number of operational needs from large inmate transport buses that traverse the entire State, to high-pursuit vehicles used by parole agents, and fugitive apprehension teams to more standard sedans and trucks serving localized areas, to name a few examples. Well over a decade ago, CDCR purchased hundreds of electric mobile vehicles for use within prison property, reducing the amount of gas-fueled cars serving this purpose.  Since 2014, CDCR has been incorporating low-emission vehicles into its statewide fleet and has worked aggressively to explore funding opportunities for grants and incentive/rebate programs offered by the Investor Owned Utilities (IOUs) for ZEV infrastructure and charging station equipment.

Chapter 2: Fleet and Zero Emission Vehicles Infrastructure of CDCR’s Sustainability Roadmap

Our Goals

  • Increase CDCR’s use of ZEV’s in all applications that are conducive to their use. To accommodate future green fleet, CDCR modified its design guidelines to require ZEV stations at new facilities to contribute to California meeting its Greenhouse Gas Emission goals.
  • Work with the Department of General Services to increase the Department’s ZEV procurement in an effort to reach the target of 50% of light duty vehicles by 2025.
  • Continue to seek and explore opportunities offered by the IOUs, city and county offices, and local nonprofits to fund electric vehicle infrastructure and charging station equipment to support ZEV fleet integration as well as the Governor’s ZEV Action Plan for at least 5% workplace charging.

State Resources and Guidance Documents