‘One of the Largest Municipal Fleets of Electric Vehicles in the U.S.’
The City of Atlanta has vowed to deploy “one of the largest municipal fleets of electric vehicles in the United States by the end of 2015” under new legislation approved by the Atlanta City Council. The target is 50 EVs.
“The measure is part of Mayor Kasim Reed’s agenda to ensure that Atlanta is one of the nation’s leading cities for sustainability, and will reduce the city’s dependence on fossil fuels while saving taxpayers thousands of dollars per year,” states a release.
“Replacing our current cars with clean-fueled vehicles, powered by cutting-edge technology, is a historic step for the City of Atlanta,” said the mayor.
‘Power to Change’
The new EV fleet program is aligned with the Atlanta’s “Power to Change Plan,” by which vehicle emissions are to be reduced by 20% by 2020.
“This is the start of a long-term program to develop policies and programs that will encourage employees, residents and businesses to consider using electric vehicles,” Stephanie Stuckey Benfield, director of the Office of Sustainability, said in the program announcement.
Partners, she noted, include the Southern Alliance for Clean Energy, Clean Cities Georgia, NRG eVgo and Georgia Power’s Electric Transportation Team.
Vision Fleet and the City of Atlanta have developed a financing structure “that bundles together all the expenses of purchasing, fueling and maintaining the electric vehicles into a guaranteed rate that is a lower cost than conventional vehicles.
“Additionally,” the city says, “Vision Fleet will utilize its comprehensive suite of technology, data analytics, and provide operational support designed specifically for reducing the cost of ownership of alternative fuel vehicles.”
Fuel and Maintenance Costs Slashed
The city expects to field 100% battery electric vehicles like the Nissan Leaf, as well as plug-in hybrid models like the Chevrolet Volt and the Ford Fusion Energi.
“This project will have enormous impacts on fuel consumption and fleet service costs,” Vision Fleet CEO Michael Brylawski says in the Atlanta announcement. “Each of the 50 electric vehicles deployed will save at least 550 to 600 gallons of gas annually.
“In addition, fuel costs for the new electric vehicles will be about one-third of the old gas vehicles costs, and maintenance will be reduced by approximately 40%.”
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Source: City of Atlanta with Fleets & Fuels follow-up