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March 25th, 2010
‘Green’ vehicle to help maintain city green space

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This new electric maintenance vehicle will soon be spotted in San Marcos parks. Photo from the City of San Marcos.

STAFF REPORT

Believing that green space calls for green equipment, the parks and recreation department in San Marcos recently purchased a new zero emissions, no gas required, all electric, low speed utility truck for $21,000.

This truck will be used to help maintain parks while reducing emissions and lowering the impact of driving on parklands.

“With this new technology becoming readily available, the city is excited to add a vehicle to our fleet that is environmentally sensitive and will also save the citizens money in the long run” says city Director of Community Services Rodney Cobb.

The green vehicle has an average travel range up to 40 miles per charge. The vehicle maxes at 25 miles per hour and can accelerate from zero to 20 miles per hour in 3.9 seconds. If driven 15 miles per day, the average annual cost of using the electricity to power the vehicle is $186, compared to $2,045 using gasoline. The battery pack has a life span of up to 25,000 miles and takes four to six hours to charge.

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