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Mill Valley to add electric vehicles, builds charging station

Mill Valley officials hope to reduce fuel costs and air pollution with the addition of four new all-electric cars to the municipal fleet and the construction of an electric vehicle charging station.

Mill Valley will join the cities of San Jose, Los Gatos, and Campbell in an agreement to add all-electric, light-duty compact cars to their municipal fleets to reduce fuel costs and air pollution.
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Mill Valley Mayor Andy Berman said integrating electrical vehicles into the city fleet makes economic and environmental sense and encourages other local governments to consider adding electric vehicles to their fleet.

“The City of Mill Valley is pleased to deploy these all-electric vehicles, reflecting the council’s core value of environmental conservation and sustainability,” said Mill Valley Mayor Andrew Berman in a statement. “The need for green transportation alternatives represents a global issue and is more critical than ever.”

Mill Valley is also expecting to completed construction on the city’s first electrical vehicle charging station at the parking lot at Hauke Park.

The charging station will be powered by the city’s solar panel field located directly behind the Public Safety Building. The charging unit will have level I and level II output capability.

The project was funded by a partnership with the California Energy Commission, the Association of Bay Area Governments and the Transportation Authority of Marin.

The Mill Valley along with San Jose, Los Gatos and Campbell 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.

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 BayArea the collaborative hopes to make over the next year, Barton said. The effort is being promoted as a way to make the Bay Area the electric vehicle “capital of the U.S.” and support a goal set by Gov. Jerry Brown of 1.5 million electric vehicles operating statewide by 2025, Barton said.

The electric autos are compact models known as the “i-MiEV” built by Japan-based Mitsubishi and run by lithium-ion batteries that can go for about 62 miles between charges, said David Patterson, chief engineer for Mitsubishi Motors.
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