OKLAHOMA CITY, OK – The City of Oklahoma City has added two Nissan Leaf electric vehicles to its fleet as part of a pilot program to test vehicle performance and whether they will meet the business needs of City staff. Oklahoma City stated that driving a Nissan Leaf 100 miles costs approximately $2.30. The City also expects to save on maintenance costs.
The City also installed an electric vehicle charging station for City use only near the City’s Civic Center Music Hall. Oklahoma City purchased the cars and charging stations with $36,200 in federal grant funds allocated through the Association of Central Oklahoma Governments (ACOG) and $40,600 in City funds.
These electric vehicles aren’t the only alternative-fuel models the City owns. The City’s fleet includes 87 CNG vehicles, 274 that run on biodiesel, four all-electric WheeGo Whips that the police department uses for parking enforcement, and 17 Ford Escape hybrids used by the Utilities Department. The Utilities Department also recently ordered three CNG dump trucks. The City plans to add more alternative fuel vehicles to the fleet over time.
Aside from alternative-fuel vehicles, the City also recently purchased a number of 2013 Ford Police Interceptors.