City Officials in Vail, Colorado Replace Aging Prius With Nissan LEAF

4 years ago by Inside EVs Staff 2

Nissan LEAFIn The LEAF

Nissan LEAF

The ski resort town of Vail, Colorado has an aging 2003 Toyota Prius on its hands.  The Prius doesn’t plug-in, so it’s time to let it go.

Vail, Colorado is Scenic as Can Be

Vail, Colorado is Scenic as Can Be

That might not be the exact way the deal went down, but city officials in Vail did decide to get rid of the old Prius and have replaced it with a Nissan LEAF.

Parking supervisors will use the LEAF for daily patrols of parking garages and city lots.

Vail’s goal is to slowly but surely replace its fleet of vehicles with cleaner offerings.  Some will be plug-ins, though diesel hybrid (non plug-in) was chosen to replace the city’s existing fleet of buses.  The city’s long-term goal is to reduce fleet emissions by 20% by 2020.  Recent efforts have led to a 12% percent reduction so far.

The lone Nissan LEAF cost the city only $22,196.  A heck of a deal if you ask us.

 

Read more here: http://www.miamiherald.com/2013/08/14/3561446/vail-adds-electric-vehicle-to.html#storylink=cpy

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2 responses to "City Officials in Vail, Colorado Replace Aging Prius With Nissan LEAF"

  1. alohart says:

    My old hometown would have saved money buying an i-MiEV with its recent $10,000 rebate. Also, the Leaf seems unnecessarily luxe and large for daily patrols of parking garages and city lots. Seems like a perfect job for a Twizy, but maybe Vail town officials would want a more closed vehicle for snowy winter days even if a Twizy were sold in the U.S.

  2. Randy Bryan says:

    Why not get a battery kit for the Prius and save even more money?. Compare the cost of a 10kwh battery kit against the cost of the new Leaf.
    Odds are the Prius will be good for up 200-300k miles [including toyota’s hybrid battery] of very low maintenance driving.