On behalf of the Clean Vehicle Rebate Project, CSE President Larry Goldenhersh awarded city of Chula Vista Mayor Mary Casillas Salas a $150,000 check for the purchase of 15 electric cars for the city’s fleet at a press conference held March 27. The 12 Hyundai Ioniqs and three Chevy Bolts will be deployed in support of Chula Vista’s senior volunteer patrol and code enforcement programs.
As part of their vehicle electrification efforts, the city also is installing a total of 123 charging stations at municipal facilities through the San Diego Gas & Electric Power Your Drive program. To date, 71 chargers have been installed and are operational.
“Projects such as this one by the city of Chula Vista to convert their fleet to electric vehicles contribute significantly to lowering levels of air pollutants and greenhouse gases,” Goldenhersh said. “Their leadership in clean transportation is a shining example, and we encourage other local governments and public agencies to take advantage of the fleet incentives offered by the Clean Vehicle Rebate Project.”
In the San Diego region, transportation accounts for about 50 percent of the greenhouse gas emissions. To help solve this problem, a growing number of government agencies, businesses and individuals are switching to electric vehicles, which are both environmentally friendly and potentially more cost-effective. They also generally cost less to maintain, as electric engines have fewer moving parts.
Chula Vista is the second-largest city in San Diego County with a population of 268,000. Later this year, the city intends to obtain an additional 15 zero-emission vehicles.
CSE administers the Clean Vehicle Rebate Project for the California Air Resources Board, and has issued over $500 million in rebates for the purchase of more than 227,000 vehicles.