Chula Vista Unveils Electric Fleet – 12 Hyundai IONIQs, 3 Bolts

MAY 6 2018 BY MARK KANE 8

The city of Chula Vista and San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E) unveiled the city’s fleet of new electric cars.

In total, 15 new BEVs – three Chevrolet Bolt EVs and 12 Hyundai IONIQ Electrics entered service with a plan to double the plug-in fleet later this year.

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Along with cars, SDG&E provided charging infrastructure and now Chula Vista has the most EV charging stations in the San Diego region, which means that even smaller cities (population of 240,000) can set an example to accelerate clean transportation and reduce air pollution and greenhouse gas emissions.

City of Chula Vista

“Powered by Measure P, the half-cent sales tax approved by Chula Vista voters in 2016, the City purchased a fleet of 15 new long-range electric vehicles: 12 Hyundai Ioniqs and three Chevy Bolts. The vehicles are being deployed as part of the city’s senior volunteer patrol and code enforcement programs. Later this year, the city intends to double its fleet of low and zero-emission vehicles. The city also received $150,000 in state rebate incentives for purchasing EVs.”

“As part of its Power Your Drive program, SDG&E has been working with the City to install charging stations at its City Hall, Public Works Department and Police Department. A total of 123 chargers will be installed with 71 installed and energized to date.”

“In the San Diego region, transportation accounts for about 50 percent of the greenhouse gas emissions. To help solve this problem, a growing number of cities and people are making the switch to electric drive, which generally cost less to maintain, as their engines have fewer moving parts. EV drivers also can take advantage of special electric rates to save on charging.”

Chula Vista Mayor Mary Casillas Salas said:

Chula Vista has long been an environmental champion and our new electric fleet continues that leadership. Chula Vista was an early adopter of Power Your Drive and the first city to sign on to the program.  This speaks volumes about the City’s environmental stewardship, promoting cleaner air and reducing greenhouse emissions to support the goals of our Climate Action Plan. We are proud to have the most EV chargers installed to date of any city in the region by partnering with SDG&E.”

Eugene “Mitch” Mitchell, SDG&E’s vice president of state governmental affairs and external affairs said:

“Our region is at the forefront of a clean transportation movement because of forward-looking cities like Chula Vista and everyday people who make the choice to switch to electric vehicles.”

*Featured image: City of Chula Vista Unveils Electric Vehicle Fleet via: Cleantech San Diego

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8 Comments on "Chula Vista Unveils Electric Fleet – 12 Hyundai IONIQs, 3 Bolts"

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Mark.ca

So they bought all Ionic cars in stock in CA…no wonder there are no deals on this car.

Gasbag

Now now Mark. You’re exaggerating. Cars.com lists 8 ioniq EVs in California.

Mark.ca

Lol…you are right, i just checked my area and there was about 8. Last month when i looked into getting one there were 2 in 50 miles radius in L.A. We are going in the right direction….lol.

menorman

So they basically took up all the US IONIQ EV deliveries for a preceding month…

Mark.ca

This is obviously Chula Vista’s fault. I say we all go on FB and vote their webpage down. That should teach them a lesson.

Gasbag

I dunno what you So Cal guys are complaining about. According to cars.com 8 of the 10 Ioniq EVs in the US are in SoCal. If those were in Ncal they’d all be sold already. Share the wealth.

Mark.ca

I can’t go to a dealer and try to negotiate price when all they have is one car. I will be laughed out of there. It all due to that subscription program they have where you have a $300/month for 36 months (0 down, after CA and SCE credits making it a $220/m) lease with unlimited miles and free charging.

SJC

SDG&E charges some of the highest rates in California.