Pascagoula Adds Electric Cars to Fleet
The City of Pascagoula is going green with the newest additions to city equipment: electric cars.
The city is leasing five new eco-friendly Nissan Leafs. The new cars will be used by the police department, parking enforcement, parks and recreation, planning department, and utility and metering for intercity and county travel. The vehicles are expected to go 100 miles on a charge.
Officials say the new vehicles are not only more environmentally friendly, but also more cost effective for the tax payers. Pascagoula City Manager Joe Huffman said, “We have a three year lease. Hopefully by the time these leases are up on these vehicles, we’ll be able to lease vehicles that are improved. These vehicles will go for a little over 100 miles before they need to be recharged. We’re thinking in a few years that technology is going to improve. Also, I would be remiss if I did not mention that Mississippi Power has been a great partner in this effort and Nissan as well.”
The fuel cost is estimated to be .02 per mile versus .6-.10 per mile on the gas powered vehicles.