San Jose gets closer to Green Vision goal with 38 electric cars

SAN JOSE — San Jose and three other Bay Area cities received 50 battery-powered cars in a deal announced Thursday that was hailed as the largest single all-electric municipal fleet vehicle deployment in the country.

San Jose received 38 of the Mitsubishi i-MiEV hatchbacks, putting it closer to the city’s lofty “Green Vision” goal of powering its entire fleet with alternative fuels. Several of them were on display outside City Hall where Mayor Chuck Reed joined other officials announcing the deal.

“By replacing older, less efficient vehicles with clean EVs, we reduce emissions but more importantly, save on fuel costs,” Reed said.

Los Gatos received five of the cars, Campbell three and the remainder went to Mill Valley.

Campbell Mayor Evan Low said the battery-powered cars are “ideally suited” to the routine trips taken by most of the city’s fleet vehicles and can take advantage of a network of 24 charging stations in the city.

“The EV proposition makes a lot of sense for our fleet,” Low said.

The cities will lease the cars at little or no cost through a collaboration between Japanese automaker Mitsubishi, New York corporate trading and marketing company Active International, and Mike Albert Fleet Solutions of Cincinnati. The Bay Area Climate Collaborative, a public-private initiative of the Silicon Valley Leadership Group that was established by San Francisco, San Jose and Oakland to promote alternative energy, brokered the deal

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