The Albuquerque Housing Authority (AHA) in New Mexico is expected to save $200,000 over the next 10 years by leasing new vehicles with Enterprise Fleet Management, according to an Enterprise release.

Enterprise Fleet Management is providing a mix of sedans, minivans, cargo vans, and pickup trucks for use by AHA inspectors during home visits and by maintenance staff making repairs. The vehicles, which are branded with the AHA logo, also are equipped with aftermarket accessories such as ladder racks and service bodies to aid the work of AHA inspectors and maintenance staff.

The AHA owns and manages 950 housing units throughout Albuquerque, providing housing for low-income families, the elderly, and disabled individuals at rents they can afford.

The AHA had been operating a fleet of 38 vehicles with an average age of eight years and that required frequent maintenance.

Enterprise Fleet Management analyzed the AHA’s fleet needs and developed a strategy that includes downsizing the fleet by three underutilized vehicles and replacing outdated vehicles with newer models. The 35 new vehicles have better fuel economy and lower emissions; they also require less maintenance. Enterprise is delivering an initial 17 vehicles to the AHA, with plans to phase an additional 18 vehicles into the fleet over the next three years.

In addition to leasing the new vehicles, Enterprise is providing vehicle licensing, registration, and regular maintenance for the fleet. Enterprise is using local businesses to provide routine service and delivery of the vehicles. The company will also provide remarketing services.