Des Moines adds electric vehicles to city fleet

    The city of Des Moines has added four electric vehicles to its fleet, and has approved the purchase of 11 more. (Screen capture of city video)

    The city of Des Moines has added its first four electric vehicles to the municipal fleet.

    Eleven more are on the way after approval by the Des Moines City Council.

    “Not only are we doing the environmentally sustainable thing, we are doing the fiscally responsible thing in the long term,” Councilman Josh Mandelbaum said in a statement. “These vehicles aren’t going in for an oil change. Over the lifetime of the vehicle, it’s going to cost less for the city, so we’re saving taxpayers money while transitioning to a greener future.”

    Neighborhood inspectors are using the vehicles, which will be considered for other uses as older vehicles are retired, city officials said.

    The city also added charging stations at six city parking garages for public use at no additional cost.

    Perry Beeman
    Senior reporter Perry Beeman has nearly 40 years of experience in Iowa journalism and has won national awards for environmental and business writing. He has written for The Des Moines Register and the Business Record, where he also served as managing editor. He also is former editorial director of Grinnell College. He co-authored the recently published book, "The $80 Billion Gamble," which details the lottery-rigging case of Eddie Tipton.