City to introduce its first electric vehicle

SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) - The city of Savannah will debut its first electric vehicle, which began operations last week, according to the city.  

The city replaced the city's cemetery conservation crew's pickup truck with an electric-powered truck. The crew typically travels short distances in confined spaces to haul their equipment.

The low speed and low mileage associated with the work is an ideal application for an electric vehicle, according to the city. The truck has a 1,075-pound payload and can travel up to 40 miles between charges on a standard 110v outlet. It costs 2 to 3 cents a mile to operator.

It also makes virtually no noise and has zero emissions, which makes it a better fit for the quiet cemetery environment and the sensitive historical structures within the cemeteries, according to the city.

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