Katie McKellar – Deseret News
Acknowledging summer air quality issues, Salt Lake City Mayor Ralph Becker and the city’s sustainability office are championing ongoing city efforts to reduce pollutants.
As part of the 2015-16 budget, adopted by the Salt Lake City Council last month, seven new electric vehicles are being added to the city’s fleet this year to replace older, fuel-burning vehicles, according to a news release issued Thursday.
Becker originally proposed $750,000 to fund a new fleet of energy-efficient cars, but the City Council added $1 million to expand the initiative.
“Our program to carefully assess emissions and local air pollutant impacts, as part of the cost-to-own analysis for fleet purchases, is paying dividends,” the mayor said. “We weigh these factors to produce outcomes that mitigate climate and air quality impacts and save taxpayer resources.”
Since 2009, city officials have converted 224 light- and heavy-duty vehicles to clean fuel or hybrid power, which has raised the city fleet’s clean vehicle ratio from 2 percent to 15 percent, according to the news release. (…)