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City parking authority receives its first electric vehicle

2017 Nissan Leaf on the roof of the Wellness Deck at 100 Kirkpatrick St.

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - The city parking authority added an electric vehicle to its fleet of trucks and cars in a push to adopt cost effective and environmentally friendly practices, officials announced in a statement.

The vehicle, a 2017 Nissan Leaf, will be used for the same functions as any other parking authority vehicle, namely parking enforcement and maintenance of different facilities.

Plans to adopt the vehicle were first announced by Mitch Karon, executive director of the New Brunswick Parking Authority, at their October 25 board of commissioners meeting.

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Parking officials were able to acquire the car thanks to $15,000 in grants and credits provided by PSEG. The city will foot the bill for the remaining $4,000 of the $19,000 price tag.

Costs associated with keeping the car on the road could be as much as “five times cheaper” than gasoline-dependent vehicles, according to parking officials.

That’s because the car doesn’t have any “engine, transmission, spark plugs, valves, fuel tank, tailpipe, distributor, starter, clutch, muffler, or catalytic converter,” all of which require maintenance.

“We save on fuel expense, we save on maintenance expense because you don’t have to do oil changes,” Karon said.

​R​ather than gas, the Nissan will “fill up” at one of the 10 charging stations across the city, five of which are at the Gateway Garage and the other five at the Wellness Garage.

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