In 2009, the City of Santa Barbara implemented a shared-use
vehicle program to reduce fuel costs and the number of vehicles
in the city’s fleet. Since the program began, the city has cut
fuel use by eight percent, saving about $84,000 annually.
Since the city needs fewer vehicles because of efficiencies, it
was able to purchase two new electric vehicles instead of
replacing 15 regular vehicles. As of 2012, one-third of the 480
vehicles in the city’s fleet are either fuel efficient or use