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.