The city of Atlanta has announced it will deploy five electric vehicles along the Atlanta BeltLine.
According to a press release from Mayor Kasim Reed’s office, “The program, which launched with five electric vehicles for the Atlanta BeltLine, will allow the Atlanta Police Department PATH Force Unit, the Atlanta Fire Rescue Department and the Department of Parks and Recreation to access the Beltline with zero emissions.”
“Adding clean-fueled vehicles powered by cutting-edge technology to our fleet is a historic step for the City of Atlanta,” Reed is quoted as saying in the press release. “I am excited that we have established this fleet of neighborhood electric vehicles to access the Atlanta BeltLine. This program sends a strong signal that Atlanta is fully invested in making Atlanta a healthier, more prosperous and top-tier sustainable city.”
The vehicles are among 60 electric vehicles the city is adding to its fleet. It is being billed as “one of the largest fleets of electric vehicles in the United States” and is expected to save taxpayers money by reducing the city’s fuel costs. This is part of the city’s Power to Change Plan which aims to reduce emissions by 20 percent by 2020, the press release says.
The fleet will include vehicles like the Nissan LEAF, the Chevrolet Volt and the Ford Fusion Energi, the press release says.