Smart Fortwo Electric Drive Joins City Fleet

Smart Fortwo Electric Drive Joins City Fleet

Stories similar to this seem to continually pop up these days.

Smart ED Ideal for City Fleets?

Smart ED Ideal for City Fleets?

The city of Beverly, Massachusetts has received a state grant, which it'll use to cover some of the costs of purchasing 5 electric vehicles and installing one charging stations.

The grant of $45,000 will cut the city's out-of-pocket costs from $150,000 to $105,000.  So, the city will still foot the majority of the bill.

Beverly officials say that 3 of the vehicle purchased will be plug-in hybrids and two were be BEVs.

One vehicle has already been acquired: a Smart Fortwo Electric Drive.

All 5 vehicles will be used by city employees for various daily tasks.

What's unique with this story is where the grant money comes from.  Every year, drivers in the state of Massachusetts have to pay a $29 fee to have their vehicle inspected for use on public roads.  A tiny percentage of that fee goes to various cities within the state.  Some of those cities are choosing to use that money to purchase plug-in vehicles.

Source: Salem News