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Two New Electric Vehicles to Improve Environmental Efforts for County

Post Date:09/12/2012 1:00 PM
Durham, NC- Durham County Government's Strategic Plan is on a roll - literally. Recently, two new electric vehicles arrived to Durham County Government and will be charged up and in service in the coming weeks. The purchase of these electric vehicles meets a year one priority initiative to improve environmental performance of the County's fleet as a part of the Environmental Stewardship goal of the Durham County Strategic Plan.

The vehicles will be used by the Engineering and Environmental Services Department and the Tax Administration Department.

"Durham County is leading the way once again by committing to improving air quality and reducing greenhouse gas emissions through the use of this exciting technology," said Tobin Freid, manager of the Durham City-County Sustainability Office. "Most work trips are around the county or to neighboring counties, so the 75 mile range won't be an issue for us. Plus, we will see the benefit in reduced fuel and maintenance bills."

Investing in the electric vehicles offers great benefits for Durham's air quality and is aligned with the County's ongoing sustainability efforts, specifically Durham's Greenhouse Gas Emissions Reduction Plan. This plan was adopted by the Durham Board of County Commissioners and the City Council in the fall of 2007. Transportation makes up approximately 20 percent of government emissions and 35 percent of the community's greenhouse gas emissions.

Purchasing electric vehicles is also a part of the Durham Electric Vehicle and Charging Station Plan adopted in January 2012. This is the first plan of its kind adopted by elected officials in North Carolina, and one of the few in the country. The complete plan can be found at http://durhamnc.gov/ich/cmo/sustainability/Pages/EVCS.aspx.

The County's new Nissan Leafs run completely on electricity and can drive about 75 miles on a full charge obtained after 6-8 hours of charging. This should cost the county $1.00 to $1.50 in electricity versus the $14 to go a similar distance in a gas car. The cars will charge at one of the 12 stations the county installed earlier this year. These stations are also free and open to the public and a map of their locations can be found at http://durhamnc.gov/ich/cmo/sustainability/Pages/EVCS.aspx.

For more information about Durham County's electric vehicles, contact Tobin Freid, sustainability manager for the Durham City-County Sustainability Office, at 919-560-7999 or via email at tfreid@durhamcountync.gov. To learn more about Durham County Government's sustainability efforts, visit www.GreenerDurham.net.
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