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USA: Oklahoma City adds two electric cars to fleet


Oklahoma City officials added two electric cars to the city fleet in an effort to cut down on fuel costs. Photo by Sarah Phipps, The Oklahoman

ROklahoma City has added two electric cars to its fleet in an attempt to cut down on fuel costs. The city has its own charging station soon to go live near the Civic Center Music Hall downtown, and charging stations for the public could be installed soon in at least two other spots nearby.

Oklahoma City officials hope taking short trips in town in electric cars will help put a dent in the city’s massive fuel budget.

The city is experimenting with the use of electric cars, starting with two Nissan Leaf sedans bought with the help of a grant secured by the Association of Central Oklahoma Governments.

photo – Oklahoma City officials added two electric cars to the city fleet in an effort to cut down on fuel costs. Photo by Sarah Phipps, The Oklahoman
Oklahoma City officials added two electric cars to the city fleet in an effort to cut down on fuel costs. Photo by Sarah Phipps, The Oklahoman

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“It costs about $2.30 for this car to travel 100 miles,” said Paula Falkenstein, director of the city’s General Services Department. “Our fuel budget is about $4.5 million a year. Two dollars and thirty cents for about 100 miles sounds pretty good to us.”

The cars, decorated with distinctive artwork highlighting their use of electric power, can be used for any one of a number of short trips around Oklahoma City that employees have to make.

For now, the cars are charged overnight at a city garage. But when power is connected to a new charging station outside of Civic Center Music Hall

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