By the end of the year, the city of Boise plans to add six all-electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles to its city fleet.
Three of these vehicles will be Nissan Leafs, all-electric cars that get their power from plugging into electric charging stations, city spokesman Colin Hickman said. The new vehicles also will include one Chevy Volt, a plug-in hybrid; one Ford Fusion, also a plug-in hybrid; and one Ford Focus, an all-electric car.
The city is buying four of these vehicles with money from a federal tax rebate that encourages the use of compressed natural gas as a fuel alternative to gasoline or diesel. Republic Services, which holds the city contract to collect garbage and recyclable materials in Boise, received the grant and awarded it to the city, according to a Boise news release.
Boise is also investing in charging stations throughout the city for all-electric and plug-in hybrids, according to the news release. Stations at eight locations —the West Boise Wastewater Treatment Facility, 20 Mile South Farm and City Hall — will add to existing charging stations at City Hall and the Boise Airport.
One of the electric vehicles will be on display Sunday from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. in the Idaho Power office's parking lot, 1221 W. Main St., in Boise, as part of a recognition of National Drive Electric Week, a national event aimed at increasing awareness of plug-in vehicles and their benefits.