California Purchases 10 Nissan LEAFs…Thousands Soon?
We might not of mentioned this before, but electric vehicles and fleets make for a near-perfect match. The fleets saves countless thousands of dollars in operational costs and electric vehicle manufacturers find a near-endless outlet for plug-in vehicle sales.
It should come as no surprisethen, that the California Department of General Services replaced 10 of it ICE fleet vehicles with an equal amount of zero-emission Nissan LEAFs. Well, it’s a bit surprising that only LEAFs were chosen and not a single Chevy Volt, Ford Focus Electric or even a Toyota Prius Plug-In Hybrid, but that’s the choice of California’s General Services department and who are we to question its decision.
In addition to the 10 LEAFs, the department opened 24 plug-in vehicle charging stations in 5 locations in the Sacramento area. Of the 24 stations, 19 will be accessible to the general public and future plans call for at least 9 more to be installed soon.
California’s short-term goal is to replace at least 10 percent of its light-duty vehicle fleet with zero-emissions vehicles by 2015 and 25 percent by 2020. It’s estimated that the state owns somewhere in the neighborhood of 11,000 light-duty passenger vehicles. If the state hits that mark, then we’d expect the install of government-funded charging stations to rise dramatically in the coming years. Hopefully, California will continue to allow the general public to use a percentage of those chargers. If so, then it’s a win for all.