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Cities Cut GHGs Through Car Sharing

San Francisco may soon reduce its fleet of city-owned cars and instead use car-share vehicles to shrink its carbon footprint.

If the city’s Board of Supervisors approves the proposal — which would require a 25 percent reduction in San Francisco’s 1,500-vehicle fleet every three years, leading to the elimination of non-essential vehicles within 12 years — San Francisco will join cities including New York, Chicago, Houston and Indianapolis that have made similar moves to car sharing services, Reuters reports.

San Francisco would contract with an existing car-share company, such as Zipcar or City Car Share, to implement the law, which could go into effect as soon as December. Essential vehicles such as fire trucks and police cars would be exempted.

The Board of Supervisors will vote on the ordinance in October at the earliest.

In its 2014 predictions, Navigant Research forecast that electric vehicles will play a leading role in carshare growth.

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