Oct. 3, 2016

Sacramento Powers up with Electric Vehicles (Text Version)

This is a text version of the MotorWeek video segment Sacramento Powers up with Electric Vehicles, which aired on October 3, 2016.

JOHN DAVIS: Our success story this week takes us to Sacramento, the state capital of California. Since 2011, the city's department of general services has included electric and plug-in hybrids in their fleet—now totaling close to 60 vehicles. They use motor pool level-two chargers that partially rely on solar power, while an additional charging station is for employees' personal vehicles. The city is also trying out a plugless battery charger to see if this wireless technology is ready for deployment. Officials hope their alt-fuel efforts will encourage others to follow suit.

STEPHEN BARKER: Anything we can do to increase the hybrid vehicles on the road—the alt-fuel vehicles—is good for us and the citizens of Sacramento.

JOHN DAVIS: Sacramento has received top billings in recent years and numerous government green fleet awards. Prestigious honors all that recognize the city's ongoing efforts to reduce dependence on imported petroleum, and improve air quality in California's City of Trees.