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Pittsburgh begins to adopt electric cars for city fleet

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PITTSBURGH (AP) - City employees in Pittsburgh will soon be driving hybrid cars as part of the mayor's plan to eventually convert the fleet to electric vehicles.

The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review (http://bit.ly/2tJ3p9K ) reports that the city ordered two Ford Focuses and two Chevrolet Bolts and installed four charging stations. The state Department of Environmental Protection provided $255,000 to help offset the cost of the four new vehicles and charging stations.

Mayor Bill Peduto hopes to replace the city's fleet of about a thousand gasoline-powered vehicles with electric cars by 2030.

Slim Forsythe, Pittsburgh's fixed asset manager, says this initial effort is like baby steps for the electrical conversion. Forsythe says the city hopes to add seven electric vehicles along with a group of police cruisers by the end of 2017.

Information from: Tribune-Review, http://triblive.com

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