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.
Nissan LEAF in profile.
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.