Cobb County fire staff will begin using seven new electric cars Friday. Courtesy of Cobb County

Cobb adds more electric vehicles to fire fleet

Cobb Fire and Emergency Services staff have leased seven 2016 Nissan Leafs to be deployed in the Fire Marshal’s Office and Special Operations division for fire staff use, to save money and reduce emissions.

A ribbon-cutting ceremony for the new electric vehicles and charging station will be 10 a.m. Friday at the Cobb Public Safety Fire Headquarters, 1595 County Services Parkway, Marietta.

Use of these zero-emission vehicles will save the department about $173,000 compared to gas-powered vehicles in the fleet and displace more than 445,200 pounds of carbon-dioxide emissions, according to a county statement released Tuesday.

“This deployment of seven all-electric vehicles in the Public Safety arena was cited by Nissan North America to be the largest implementation in the Southeast,” Al Curtis, Cobb fleet director, said of the county’s continuing partnership with Town Center Nissan.

The county is leasing the vehicles for $293 per month but opted to pay the entire lease up front.

“Leasing the vehicles allowed us to replace more of our older vehicles than we would have been able to through normal purchasing processes,” said Dan Dupree, lieutenant of Fire Support Services.

The seven zero-emission, plug-in cars will be used by fire department staff daily to perform their duties, using the new county-charging stations.

In case there are no county stations available, each Leaf has a charge-up card furnished by Nissan, allowing for free charging for the term of the lease.

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