City of Rochester adding more electric cars to its fleet

March 12, 2018 11:32 AM

The City of Rochester plans to add more electric cars to its fleet and add more electric vehicle charging stations throughout the city. 

The city already has several electric cars, but they plan to purchase more, and eventually convert all city vehicles to electric.

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It's part of the Rochester EV (Electric Vehicle) Accelerator project. The program has state officials calling Rochester the first electric vehicle model city in the state.

Right now, there are more than 25,000 electric cars registered in New York State and more than 1,400 of them are in Monroe County.

City officials say this initiative will be paid for with thousands of dollars in state grant money and minimal cost to taxpayers.

If you don't drive an electric vehicle, Anne Spaulding, manager of Environmental Quality with the City of Rochester, says this will benefit the quality of life for everyone.

"Having electric vehicles and access to charging stations improves air quality by making it a more sustainable city, we have fewer greenhouse gas emissions, we're contributing to the mitigation of climate change impacts," Spaulding said. "We're making this a more livable sustainable city that people want to live in so it does have an economic development aspect to it."

The goal is for the city to have mostly electric cars in its fleet and build an infrastructure to support those vehicles. 

City officials also say RTS is also looking at purchasing electric buses.


Kaci Jones

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