Sustainable transportation supports the mobility needs of society in a safe, efficient and equitable manner- consistent with human and ecosystem health. About 50% of a typical two-car household’s carbon emissions are from transportation sources. Consumers should purchase a fuel-efficient, low-polluting car, keep their vehicle well maintained, and adopt good driving habits including observing the speed limit and consolidating trips. Use of mass transit, ride-sharing, biking, walking and telecommuting offer further opportunities to reduce transportation emissions.

Electric vehicles (EVs) represent a rapidly accelerating share of the automobile market. As EV technologies improve (already 4-5 times more efficient than that of a gasoline car), and with an expanding range of affordable models EVs are poised to become a mainstream family car. EVs will play an increasingly prominent role in reducing transportation emissions. . Both on the personal and municipal fronts, electrifying the town’s vehicles is an exciting and achievable prospect.

Achievements to Date

  • First town-owned EV obtained in 2015
  • Annual EV Showcase since 2015 (now the Green Wheels Expo); largest such event in the Northeast US
  • Over 40 EV chargers in town
  • About 400 EVs registered in town
  • Propane equipment used for town landscaping
  • “Introduction to EVs” course offered through Fairfield Continuing Ed and Fairfield Public Library
  • Anti-idling signage at schools to reduce exposure to exhaust fumes
  • Exhaust deflector shields on buses
  • Procurement of electric school buses in progress
  • Establishment of bike paths and shared lane markings

Challenges Ahead

  • Providing charging infrastructure for residents who cannot charge at home
  • Locating and capitalizing EV charging projects, as a Town project or in partnership with third parties
  • The electric grid will need to significantly increase its generating capacity to accommodate growth of EV adoption.
  • Making the case for electric school buses and municipal EV fleets

Benefits of sustainable transportation

  • Reducing greenhouse gas emissions, which contribute to climate change
  • Improving air quality and public health by reduction of toxic emissions from burning fossil fuels
  • Improving energy stability and security
  • Saving money on transportation costs
Level 2 EV charging station at Sherman Green installed in 2012

2030 Plan Goals*

  • Five town-owned EVs, replacing older fleet vehicles
  • Large banks of EV chargers to address need for renters (also encourage and/or require multi-family housing units to install EV chargers)
  • 1200 EVs registered in Fairfield
  • Establish car and bicycle sharing services in Fairfield
  • Start replacing diesel school buses with electric buses (10 by 2025)
  • Support state efforts for mass transit, transit-oriented development (TOD), and ridesharing
  • Support Transportation & Climate Initiative for long term, regional effort
  • Formally oppose state efforts to widen I-95 for capacity reasons

*Some goals are ambitious, and may need more time to achieve target participation rates; others can be achieved sooner, but work on all goals should begin as soon as possible

Long Term Goals

  • 100% of transportation from sustainable sources by 2050
  • Reduce overall vehicular traffic via mass transit, biking, and walking

How Do We Reach Our Goals?

  • Leverage federal and state incentives for sustainable transportation
  • Add EV chargers to solar projects and building renovations
  • Continue to advocate for electric school buses and town-owned EVs
  • Continue EV outreach and education, especially via Green Wheels Expo 
  • Communicate with state and federal legislators about transportation issues
Town of Fairfield Clean Energy Action Plan  
Reducing Personal Transportation Emissions
Gas Saving Tips
Commuting Alternatives (CTRides)
EV Connecticut Resources & Incentives