Atlanta To Deploy One Of Nation’s Largest Municipal Plug-In Electric Car Fleets

AUG 29 2015 BY MARK KANE 4

Georgia Power rolls out new fleet of EVs, pictured here in front of its Atlanta headquarters

Georgia Power also rolls out new fleet of EVs, pictured here in front of its Atlanta headquarters

The City of Atlanta announced a bold electrification project for its municipal car fleet.

The goal is to have one of the largest municipal fleets of EVs in the US – in total, 50 all-electric and plug-in hybrids will be deployed by the end of this year.

The press release is indicates a willingness to buy models like Nissan LEAF, Chevrolet Volt and Ford Fusion Energi, distributed throughout the city’s fleet based on the needs of each department.

Mayor Kasim Reed said:

“Replacing our current cars with clean-fueled vehicles, powered by cutting-edge technology, is a historic step for the City of Atlanta. The program is yet another example of how we are fully vested in making Atlanta a healthier and more prosperous city.”

Nissan LEAF donated to the Atlanta Police Foundation by Georgia Power

Nissan LEAF donated to the Atlanta Police Foundation by Georgia Power

Vision Fleet CEO Michael Brylawski commented:

“This project will have enormous impacts on fuel consumption and fleet service costs. For example, each of the 50 electric vehicles deployed will save at least 550-600 gallons of gas annually. In addition, fuel costs for the new electric vehicles will be about one-third of the old gas vehicles costs, and maintenance will be reduced by approximately 40 percent.

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As a Leaf driver who lives in Metro Atlanta (not in the city, but in the burbs) I see this as a good thing. More EVs on the road whether fleet vehicles or personal means more demand for charging infrastructure. Hopefully that will lead to more investment in infrastructure, whether private or otherwise. I recently wrote to the Georgia DOT asking them to consider installing DCQCs at all interstate rest areas in Georgia. No response yet (of course), but perhaps this news will help them open their eyes to the need.

Also an Atlantian. Have you seen any of the white Georgia Power Volts driving around? I’ve seen a few now.

They should use primarily electric city fleet cars, employees aren’t known to plug in hybrids if they don’t have to.

I believe that was mainly when fleet vehicles were driven home (why would I want to spend my money on electricity when my company will pay for gas). These fleet vehicles are in all likelihood going to be parked at city facilities and only used to do city business. This will give employees little incentive not to plug them in, and will probably become a requirement when you are done with the vehicle.