Illinois to Add 60 Electric Vehicles to State Fleet

4 years ago by Eric Loveday 2

Mitsubishi i-MiEV Tests Out to Perfection in Illinois (2013 i-MiEV shown above not available in US)

Mitsubishi i-MiEV Tests Out to Perfection in Illinois (2013 i-MiEV shown above not available in US)

In Illinois, electric vehicles will become a more common sight as the state’s fleet will continue to adds to its existing 15-unit electric fleet.

Are More Mitsubishi i-MiEV Set to Enter the Illinois Fleet?

Are More Mitsubishi i-MiEV Set to Enter the Illinois Fleet?

The Illinois state agency responsible for purchasing vehicles recently signed a $1.6 million  with an undisclosed Chicago-area automobile dealer.  The contract calls for Illinois to purchase 60 electric vehicle in the coming years.  These vehicles will see fleet use statewide and will join Illinois’ existing EV fleet, which consists of 15 Mitsubishi i-MiEVs.

We assume this 60-unit order will include at least some additional i-MiEVs and why shouldn’t it.  Anjali Julka, spokeswoman for the Illinois Department of Central Management Services, says this if the state’s current 15 i-MiEVs:

“The current i-MiEVs have been performing as expected and not a single i-MiEV has ever left a driver stranded or needing to be towed.”

When asked how they’ve performed, Julka remarked “excellent.”

Julka adds this cost comparison in:

“If you run the numbers over eight years, the comparison is $31,663 for conventional fuel-powered car versus $25,830.”

If for no other reason, the state’s pocketbook stands to benefit by going electric and saving money is usually what matters most at the fleet level.

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2 responses to "Illinois to Add 60 Electric Vehicles to State Fleet"

  1. Though I like the blue iMiev, they’re not available in the US. Glad to see though that they’re at least some deals with them moving some iMiev metal. We’ve had no problems with ours in the last 16 months, and capacity still pretty much the same (though we’ve driven it only about 12,000 miles in that time).

  2. Spec says:

    I suspect Mitz is selling these off with a hefty discount.