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USA: Grant funding purchase of electric vehicles

NEWMAN – The city’s vehicle fleet is about to get a little greener.

Newman landed a $100,000 grant from the San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District which will be used to purchase eight electric vehicles.

Director of Public Works Garner Reynolds said the city placed orders earlier this week for four GEM vehicles, two John Deere Gators and two Polaris Rangers.

“We have a nice fleet of compressed natural gas (CNG) vehicles, but these will be the first electric ones,” Reynolds explained. “Some time this spring you will see them rolling around the city.”

The small, battery-powered utility vehicles will be distributed among city departments, he noted.

City Hall will get a four-seat GEM car for staff to buzz around town in.


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