Atlanta assigns electric vehicles to Beltline responders

The next official city car you see on the Atlanta Beltline may be a zero-emissions electric vehicle, as part of a program announced by Mayor Kasim Reed and the city’s Office of Sustainability.

The city has assigned five cars in the first phase of a neighborhood electric vehicle program so that members of the police PATH Force Unit and the Atlanta Fire-Rescue and Parks and Recreation departments can access the path emissions-free.

“This program sends a strong signal that Atlanta is fully invested in making Atlanta a healthier, more prosperous and top-tier sustainable city,” Reed said.

The city is deploying 60 electric vehicles as well as an infrastructure charging network, giving it one of the nation’s largest municipal fleets of electric vehicles, officials said. Vehicles will include 100-percent electric models such as the Nissan Leaf and plug-in hybrids like the Chevrolet Volt and Ford Fusion Energi.