Electric car added to city fleet
by Glenn Moore
Aug 29, 2014 | 2557 views | 3 3 comments | 7 7 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The city purchased an electric Ford Focus seen Wednesday at the Tracy Transit Station  through grants for use by the transportation department supervisor.  Glenn Moore/Tracy Press
The city purchased an electric Ford Focus seen Wednesday at the Tracy Transit Station through grants for use by the transportation department supervisor. Glenn Moore/Tracy Press
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The electric Ford Focus seen Wednesday at the Tracy Transit Station is the first electric car for the city vehicle fleet.  Glenn Moore/Tracy Press
The electric Ford Focus seen Wednesday at the Tracy Transit Station is the first electric car for the city vehicle fleet. Glenn Moore/Tracy Press
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The city has added the first electric car to its fleet of city vehicles.

A 2014 Ford Focus Electric was purchased in mid-July using funds from grants through the Federal Transportation Administration and the Transportation Development Act.

The $35,000 four-door sedan will be used by Jayne Pramod, city transportation coordinator, and Ed Lovell, a management analyst. Both oversee the city transportation department, including the Tracer bus system. The grant dictates that the car be used by a city’s transportation supervisor.

Lovell said the electric-powered car will be used mostly for in-town driving duties, which can include checking bus stops and responding to bus emergencies. Lovell said the car has a maximum range of 76 miles per charge, which allows for trips to transportation meetings at the county offices.

“We haven’t tested the limits yet,” Lovell said. “Our range gets us to Stockton and back.”

Lovell and Pramod both work out of the Tracy Transit Station, 50 E. Sixth St., which added a 240-volt Level 2 electric car charging station in February.

“We are always looking into electric vehicles,” he said. “With the charging station, it all worked out to fill the need we have.”

Lovell said the car takes about four hours to charge completely at the transit station.

He added that the electric Focus handles like any other car, except for the lack of engine noise.

“Sometimes, you don’t even know it’s on,” Lovell said.

The car is equipped with a regenerative braking system that captures more than 90 percent of energy that’s normally lost and recycles it to recharge the battery.

• Contact Glenn Moore at gmoore@tracypress.com or 830-4252.

 
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Sneaky
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August 29, 2014
As a taxpaying Tracyite I do not like seeing money wasted on fluff like this. There is almost no possibility that the added cost of the ev version will pay off during the life of the vehicle. The 5 yr cost to own the base model focus is $29,295 and the ev version is $44,770 (http://www.motortrend.com/cars/2013/ford/focus/cost_of_ownership/). That includes fuel, maintenance, insurance, etc. but ignores rebates/incentives and I can't seem to find what the mileage assumptions were. If we assume gas at $4/gal in the first year it appears they are assuming around 13k mi/year.

We should similarly ignore state or federal rebates/incentives since we the taxpayers are paying that. Even if we assume that the city will drive twice as many miles/year (around 26k), doubling the 5 year difference in fuel cost between the two models (around $7500) the city would still be losing money on the EV. It would take somewhere around 40k mi/year before they city would break even within 5 years. I highly doubt it will be driven that much. Dumb, dumb, dumb. I imagine though that politicians don't let the financial facts get in the way of the warm fuzzy feeling of smugness that comes from being "green".
drywallj
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September 03, 2014
Sneaky, My hat off to you. Sneaky gets it. I have been against this EV and Prop, sorry Car and the docking station from day one. first off why do we need a management Analyst and a Transportation Supervisor?. Second Does this management Analyst have to do the thinking for the Supervisor? I'm sure Mr Lovell is a very competent but do we need two people to run Tracy's vast transit system??? Add this salary to the price of the Green machine and it looks like a department out of control to us taxpayers. Come on Tracy wake up! no more pet projects we have better ways to spend our money.
victor_jm
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September 03, 2014
Human growth--and all it entails--isn't "green." The City--meaning those who are a part of the infrastructure of governance and maintenance--want more growth. Growth occurs at a "green" price. What is this "green" price?

Destruction of nature! Come on, are we really this ignorant?


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