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Four Cities Tout Deal To Lease All Electric Compact Cars

SAN JOSE (CBS SF) – Mayors from San Jose, Los Gatos, Campbell and Mill Valley on Thursday announced an agreement to add some all-electric, light-duty compact cars to their municipal fleets to reduce fuel costs and air pollution.

The cities will lease the cars without upfront costs in a deal organized by the Bay Area Climate Collaborative, a public-private group in San Jose focusing on clean energy strategies, according to its program manager Claire Barton.

Under the pact, 38 of the 50 battery-operated Japanese cars are going to the big city of San Jose, five to Los Gatos, three to Campbell, and four to Mill Valley, Barton said.
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San Jose Mayor Chuck Reed, at a news conference outside San Jose City Hall on Thursday, said that the lease agreement would bring his city closer to realizing its “Green Vision” plan for all city vehicles to run on battery power by 2022.

Reed said that the lease deal, involving Mitsubishi and companies Active International and Mike Albert Fleet Solutions, required no cash investment from the city to use the cars.

“As we were trying to implement our Green Vision, we were constrained by a lot of things and one of those was finances,” Reed said. “You’ve got to do all of those things on other people’s money.”

Also at the Thursday news conference were Los Gatos Mayor Barbara Spector and Campbell Mayor Evan Low. Mill Valley Mayor Andrew Berman was unable to attend but issued a statement supporting the lease plan for his city.

The 50 cars, meant for light-duty use by city employees, are a part of series of deployments of about 250 electric cars elsewhere in the Bay Area the collaborative hopes to make over the next year, Barton said.
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