El Paso Shows Off New Fleet Of City Owned Hybrids
POSTED: Wednesday, August 24, 2011 - 6:28pm
UPDATED: Thursday, August 25, 2011 - 9:41am
EL PASO- The city of El Paso is continuing to move forward with their mission to make a greener city. The first thing on their check-list is to buy more hybrid vehicles for city use.
The city is able to buy these fuel efficient vehicles thanks to a half million dollar grant from the U.S. Department of Energy.
"One of the big places we wanted to go after was our vehicles, so we put over a half a million dollars into buying better performing vehicles,” said El Paso Sustainability Officer Marty Howell.
Although hybrid vehicles typically cost more than an average car, the city hopes to save money on fuel costs.
"We have vehicles out on the road every day, all day. Inspectors driving all throughout town. You know, fire guys all over, police vehicles,” said Howell.
Over the past year, the city has gone from two hybrids to 48. It also bought electric vehicles and 25 that run on propane.
"We are really excited to see the savings we are going to get from the better performing vehicles. Last year, we think we saved somewhere around $100,000 to $200,000 thousand dollars on fuel just by using smaller cars,” said Howell.
Even the U.S Department of Energy is recognizing the city's green efforts.
"Our grant programs are transforming the way communities use energy, from the largest cities to the smallest town,” said U.S. Department of Energy representative Monica DeAngelo.
The city also said that they hope the people of El Paso look into the cost savings of purchasing more fuel efficient vehicles.