Mayor Kasim Reed and the Office of Sustainability unveiled the city’s new neighborhood electric vehicle program which launched with five electric vehicles for the Atlanta BeltLine that will allow the Atlanta Police Department PATH Force Unit, the Atlanta Fire Rescue Department and the Department of Parks and Recreation to access the BeltLine with zero emissions. Mayor Reed was joined at the announcement by community leaders including Office of Sustainability Director Stephanie Stuckey Benfield, Department of Parks and Recreation Commissioner Amy Phuong, Atlanta Police Department Chief George Turner, Atlanta Fire Rescue Department Chief Joel Baker, Georgia Power President and CEO Paul Bowers and Georgia Public Service Commission Commissioner Tim Echols. The announcement marks the first phase of the program.
“Adding clean-fueled vehicles powered by cutting-edge technology to our fleet is a historic step for the City of Atlanta,” said Mayor Reed. “I am excited that we have established this fleet of neighborhood electric vehicles to access the Atlanta BeltLine. This program sends a strong signal that Atlanta is fully invested in making Atlanta a healthier, more prosperous and top-tier sustainable city.”
Through an innovative public-private partnership, the City of Atlanta is in the process of deploying sixty electric vehicles, along with the corresponding infrastructure charging network, to the City’s fleet inventory. This program will serve as one of the largest municipal fleets of electric vehicles in the United States and will ultimately reduce the city’s dependence on fossil fuels while saving taxpayers thousands of dollars per year.
The electric vehicle fleet program is aligned with the City’s Power to Change Plan which seeks to reduce vehicle emissions by 20 percent by the year 2020.
“This program is another step forward in fulfilling Mayor Reed’s vision to ensure that Atlanta is one of the nation’s leading cities for sustainability,” said Stephanie Stuckey Benfield, Director of the Mayor’s Office of Sustainability.
“We are proud that our new fleet will not only help keep the Atlanta BeltLine safe and clean, but also allow our city’s bravest and finest to serve in another efficient and effective matter. Thanks to all the partners who share our vision to be a top-tier sustainable city and help make this happen.”
The City of Atlanta fleet vehicles will include 100 percent electric models, such as the Nissan LEAF, as well as plug-in hybrid models like the Chevrolet Volt and the Ford Fusion Energi. Cars will be distributed throughout the city’s fleet based on the needs of each department.
Photo: Atlanta Police Department Chief George Turner and Mayor Kasim Reed