Meals on Wheels Begins to Electrify Meal Delivery Fleet – Amazon Announces Second Grant
April 20, 2023Jim Oswald

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Meals on Wheels of San Francisco (MOWSF) aims to electrify two-thirds of its fleet of meal delivery vehicles by 2027. MOWSF’s current fleet of 32 combustion vehicles covers almost 100,000 miles a year visiting thousands of homebound seniors daily. By transitioning to EV, the organization expects to reduce its carbon footprint by 50% and reduce maintenance and fuel costs by approximately 10%.

In 2022, MOWSF worked with CLEAResult, the largest provider of emission-reducing energy solutions across North America, to develop a vehicle electrification five-year plan to replace 24 of the organization’s vehicles with refrigerated Ford eTransit vehicles by 2027. The plan provides a roadmap for EV charging infrastructure needs, total costs for ownership, and projected results.

As of August 3, 2023, MOWSF has 5, Ford eTransit vans on the road that can travel approximately 100 miles on a single charge, and one dual port-charging station.

Amazon is the lead financial sponsor of this program. Other funders of the EV initiative include San Francisco and San Mateo Counties, and industrial developer, Goodman. 

“Amazon shares the mission of Meals on Wheels San Francisco to ensure no one is left hungry or isolated… granting our neighbor funding to electrify their fleet is a perfect partnership! 

Sally Kay, Regional Head of Public Policy and External Affairs, Amazon

During MOWSF’s dedication and grand opening of its new headquarters in Bayview on April 14, 2023, Sally Kay, Regional Head of Public Policy and External Affairs at Amazon, announced a second grant to help the organization continue its EV initiative. MOWSF plans on replacing 5 of its current gas-powered vehicles each year for the next four years pending vehicle availability and funding.

“Helping seniors thrive in their homes while keeping the air they breathe clean is a win-win for all.”

David Linnell, Activng CEO, Meals on Wheels San Francisco

For more information on how to be a part of Meals on Wheels of San Francisco’s Fleet Electrification Initiative, please contact Jessica Sweedler at 415-343-1283.

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