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Oct 25

Public Works Department Leases City’s First Zero Emissions Electric Vehicle

Posted on October 25, 2013 at 3:34 PM by Suzanne Iarla

Community Development worked with El Cerrito Honda to negotiate a lease for an Electric Vehicle (EV) for use by the Public Works Department. The new Honda Fit-EV is replacing an aging Ford Explorer that was used for street and encroachment permit inspections. Due to a corporate promotion from Honda and the low fuel costs of driving electric vehicles, leasing the Fit-EV was the most cost-effective vehicle replacement option investigated. In addition, replacing appropriate City vehicles with low- and zero-emission vehicles is a green house gas reduction strategy contained in the recently adopted Climate Action Plan. Staff estimates that this vehicle will help the City reduce fuel costs by $780 and carbon dioxide emissions by 4,400 pounds per year.