NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - The city parking authority will be experimenting with an electric car, in an effort to go green.
The move was announced by Mitch Karon, executive director of the New Brunswick Parking Authority, at the October 25 board of commissioners meeting.
Officials expect the car, a 2017 Nissan Leaf, to be delivered to the parking authority by mid-November, according to Karon.
The Nissan will be performing the same functions as other parking authority vehicles, Karon said, namely parking enforcement and customer assistance.
“We save on fuel expense, we save on maintenance expense because you don’t have to do oil changes,” Karon said. “So we’re looking at this as a cost-saving incentive.”
The car costs roughly $19,000, of which $15,000 will be covered by incentives from PSEG, Karon said.
Solely running on battery, the Nissan Leaf can go 107 miles before needing to be recharged, which would be done at one of five electric charging stations at the Gateway Garage or the five stations in the Wellness Deck.
“Ultimately, who’s to say that down the road we don’t acquire more electric vehicles as well,” Karon said.