Rather than trucking around the city of Manassas in a Ford F-150, connecting hoses and doing other utility work, a city meter technician will instead begin using the city’s first-ever Chevy Volt.
The Ford was due to be replaced, and city officials hope the electric vehicle will result in savings for the utility department. The city refuels the truck about once a week — the Volt, on the other hand, will likely only need to be filled once a month or so.
“It’s going to be a significant amount of savings,” said Ana Davis, the city’s utility services manager. The Volt, which cost the city $37,200, gets about 40 miles per gallon on electricity and 37 miles per gallon on gas, according to a city news release.
The new Volt is part of the city’s efforts to make the city’s fleet more energy conscious and bring electric charging stations to residents with electric or hybrid cars.
The city’s police department is already moving toward Hybrid vehicles, and a federal stimulus grant will fund five charging stations around the city. The city is spending $25,000 to install the five units, while the federal grant will pick up the tab for the charging units — typically between $8,000 and $10,000, Davis said. The grant is a part of a federal award from ChargePoint America, a U.S. Department of Energy program
The stations will be located at the Manassas Museum; the Virginia Railway Express Station; two at City Hall; and an additional unit at the Public Works Office on Public Works Drive at the corner of Portner and Breeden Avenues.