HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) - The City of Huntsville is riding in style -- and you may not hear the car approach. Tuesday, Woody Anderson Ford presented Mayor Tommy Battle with a new Ford Focus Electric.
Electric cars are quiet. They're becoming more popular because they are energy-efficient.
“We are pleased to be able to offer the City of Huntsville and Mayor Tommy Battle this complimentary lease,” said Cathy Anderson of Woody Anderson Ford. “Only six of these vehicles have been produced to date, and I wanted Huntsville to be one of the first recipients.”
The Ford Focus Electric is an all-electric version of the Ford Focus sedan and seats up to five people. It has received a 105 MPGe (miles per gallon equivalent) rating from the Environmental Protection Agency. This represents an approximate annual savings of more than $2,000 in fuel costs over comparable vehicles in the City fleet.
Mayor Tommy Battle says the City has checked into the use of hybrid or all-electric vehicles.
"The new electric vehicle will be an excellent way for us to see firsthand how we could transition to a greener and more cost-effective City fleet," said Mayor Battle. "I would like to offer my deepest thanks to Cathy Anderson for giving us this car and this opportunity."
“We are excited to add this car to the City’s vehicle inventory, and it provides us with a beginning point to try out an electric model,” said Jeff Easter, Director of General Services and Fleet. “Most of our City work is local, and we believe the electric vehicle could play a major role in our future transportation.”
Along with the electric car, the City has also accepted a separate donation of two electric vehicle charging stations. This equipment will be placed in locations where they may be used by City employees, as well as members of the public who are driving electric vehicles.
Want to learn more about electric cars, and see several models? There is an Electric Car Meet-Up in Huntsville on Monday, July 16. It will be held at the Redstone Park and Energy Demonstration Center, located at the corner of Memorial Parkway and Airport Road. You can learn about the cars, vehicle charging stations, solar-to-electric energy systems and sustainable clean energy. There are two sessions: 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. or from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Here is more information on the meet-up.