Electric Vehicles

Chicago Replacing Nissan LEAFs with Ford Focus Electrics

January 02, 2013

CHICAGO – As part of the City of Chicago’s commitment to green vehicles for its own fleet, the City is adding several Ford Focus Electric hatchbacks to its operations.

The City has purchased four all-electric Ford Focus hatchbacks for its light-duty operations. These vehicles will replace several of the leased, all-electric Nissan LEAFs currently being used by the City’s Departments of Fleet and Facility Management, Transportation, and Public Health, as well as by the Mayor’s Office. The Chicago Department of Aviation will continue to use a leased, all-electric Nissan Leaf in its fleet, according to a press release from the City.

For its medium-duty applications, the City of Chicago has entered into a contract with Standard Equipment, a Chicago-based firm, for Smith Electric medium-duty trucks with various installed bodies, such as delivery trucks and flatbed trucks. And, on the heavy-duty side, Motiv Power Systems will be supplying 20 electric refuse trucks to the City.

The City of Chicago currently has more than 2,200 green alternatives in its fleet, including flex-fuel, hybrid, and compressed natural gas vehicles. The growth of green vehicles in the City’s fleet falls in line directly with goals laid out in the Mayor’s environmental plan for the City, which calls for the city to increase by three percent annually its share of green alternatives in its on-road vehicle fleets. The City is on track to exceed this goal in 2013, continuing to improve on the 31 percent share of green alternative vehicles in the City’s on-road fleet.

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