Tuesday, March 27, 2007

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March 27, 2007
Matt Naclerio, Public Works Director, 510-749-5840
Lisa Goldman, Deputy City Manager, 510-747-4700
City Launches Electric Vehicle Fleet
The City of Alameda will hold a ribbon cutting ceremony on Monday, April 2, to launch its new electric vehicle fleet. The ceremony will begin at 2 p.m. in the City Hall parking lot, 2263 Santa Clara Avenue at Oak Street.

In May 2006, the City Council adopted a resolution establishing guiding principles for the management of the City’s fleet vehicles and equipment. The resolution required that the City consider the purchase of alternative fuel vehicles when vehicle replacements are required. In replacing several older, gasoline-powered vehicles with the new electric vehicles, Mayor Beverly Johnson noted that, "the City of Alameda has a long-standing commitment to protecting the environment and has taken steps to reduce its reliance on greenhouse-emitting gases. The purchase and use of these electric vehicles shows that we’re ready to put words into actions."

City staff will use the six new electric vehicles for travel to and from building sites and for travel between different City office buildings. The City funded the $93,892.88 purchase of the electric vehicles with a grant from the Alameda County Congestion Management Agency, through its Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality Improvement Program.

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