As electric vehicles hit the market, commercial early adopters such as Frito Lay and FedEx are getting the jump on greening their fleets. Now the Housing Authority of the City of Los Angeles (HACLA) is doing the same with an announcement that it has partnered with BYD Motors to create “the lowest-cost fleet program in the United States.”
HACLA’s fleet of F3DM (Dual Mode) sedans has an electric range of 40 to 60 miles–at which point the driver can elect to either plug in or switch to a hybrid mode, in which a 1.0L gasoline engine kicks in to provide another 300+ miles of more fuel efficient driving.
Another aspect of the F3DM sedan that proved attractive for HACLA was the fact that it can be plugged into any standard 220 volt outlet and recharge within 7 hours. HACLA President and CEO, Rudolf C. Montiel notes that because no special EV charging stations were required, initial launch costs were lowered and the overall payback time shortened. Going electric with these sedans is expected to save HACLA 37 lbs of CO2 per car, traveling less than 40 miles per day.
Currently, BYD is also negotiating with HACLA to integrate solar power into an “Energy Storage Station,” which would use Los Angeles’ abundant sunshine to power this plug-in electric fleet.
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