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Tallahassee Unveils New All-Electric Truck

By: John Rogers Email
By: John Rogers Email

The city of Tallahassee is upgrading a fleet of old vehicles to zap away fuel usage...

City officials unveiled an old pickup truck that's been converted to an all-electric vehicle.

The truck was cranking out 17 miles per gallon....but now it can drive the equivalent of 100 miles per gallon on a 10 hour charge!

The vehicle runs on 24 batteries, and will save the city 63% on energy costs compared to running on gas.

Tallahassee Fleet Management Superintendent Terry Lowe says, "This will actually get better mileage than a Prius. It actually will reduce the carbon footprint better. It's a more economical vehicle and we believe electric vehicles on the light-duty side is the way of the future."

The city says it costs around $12,000 to upgrade a vehicle, this is around $6,000 *less* than it would be to buy a new one.


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