Environment
3:02 pm
Tue June 18, 2013

RI Transitioning Into a Greener Fleet of State Vehicles

While kicking off a push to install a network of 50 electric vehicle charging stations, Gov. Lincoln Chafee announced the state will replace much of its fleet with hybrid and electric vehicles. Chafee made the announcement at Roger Williams University, where the first charging station was unveiled.

Director of Administration Richard Licht said the program started this spring, and so far the state has replaced 30 gas-fueled vehicles with hybrids.  He notes that a waiver will be given to agencies, such as law enforcement, that can’t find a comparable substitute.

A Tesla owned by Rhode Island resident Don Wineberg shows nothing but storage space under the hood of the electric car.
Credit Catherine Welch / RIPR

Licht said there are no all electric state vehicles, but that will change soon. “Commissioner Gold will get probably the first one, because she’s the energy commissioner. I may be turning in my state vehicle and get an electric vehicle, I’m looking at that now.”

Licht said federal dollars will pay for the price difference between a gas-powered car and an electric or hybrid vehicle. The network of 50 charging stations is expected to be online by mid-August.

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