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Holly Hill police give electric car a spin

Holly Hill Police Chief Mark Barker with the department’s new electric vehicle Thursday, April 11, 2013.

The Holly Hill police force’s new all-electric vehicle may not be taking a big bite out of crime, but officials hope it sparks interest in green technology.

“It’s certainly a conversation starter,” said Police Chief Mark Barker as he cruised down Riverside Drive Thursday in the city’s 2012 Mitsubishi i-MiEV (an acronym for Mitsubishi’s small car class known as ā€œiā€ and Mitsubishi innovative Electric Vehicle).

The electric car is just one step in Holly Hill’s quest to become one of the greenest cities in Volusia County. City commissioners soon will look at legalizing golf carts on many of the city’s roads and may add an electric charging station in front of City Hall, Barker said. The city’s electric car is believed to be the first of its kind being used by law enforcement across the county.

“Literally, all we have to do is make sure the tires are inflated and the windshield wiper fluid is topped off,” Barker said.

Holly Hill leased the vehicle about a month ago from Daytona Mitsubishi at a rate of less than $150 a month. The vehicle seats four and can go up to 60 miles on a full charge, which can be achieved overnight, Barker said. The city saves an estimated $200 a month on fuel, oil changes and maintenance, city officials said.

“From an economic standpoint, the benefits are obvious,” Barker said. “All of this just makes sense.”


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