The City of Pasadena, California just adopted a new fleet of Chevrolet Bolt EVs to provide transportation for Pasadena City staffers on their daily work duties. In total, there are 38 new Bolt EV models available for use by various city departments, 37 of which will replace an existing gasoline-powered vehicle in the city fleet.
“The City is committed to reducing greenhouse gas emissions and these new EVs support this goal by using and promoting electric vehicles,” said Public Works Director Ara Maloyan in a memo to the City Manager.
Most of the models in Pasadena’s Chevrolet Bolt EV fleet were leased via a 36-month-long plan, while nine of the vehicles were funded via the Fleet Replacement Fund. Maloyan says the Bolt EV fleet will help to reduce fleet maintenance and fuel costs compared to their internal-combustion counterparts.
To help keep the Bolt EV fleet topped off, the City of Pasadena has also explored additional charging opportunities.
“With the additional EVs in the City’s fleet, staff from the Department of Water and Power (PWP) have created a comprehensive parking and charging plan to accommodate EV users, including employees using personal EVs, City EVs, visitors, and for general public use,” Maloyan wrote.
Pasadena will install 25 new charging stations at its Holly Street Parking Structure, located at 150 E. Holly Street, with a planned operational launch in the next three months.
With 250 miles of driving range, Maloyan’s memo says the Chevrolet Bolt EVs in the fleet will only need to recharge once every one to two weeks. If additional range is needed in a pinch, the City Yard location offers two quick chargers that can add 100 miles of range in an hour.
“With the growing market for EV drivers, ongoing discussions and continued efforts are being planned and implemented to expand charging stations at various parking facilities and City lots,” the memo adds.
Officials will use Chevy’s small, all-electric hatchbacks for quick local trips, likely with a good deal of stop and go traffic – exactly where an EV powertrain excels. What’s more, Southern California is filled with charging stations, further supporting the use of an EV. According to chargehub.com, there are 1,130 EV charge stations in a 15-km radius around Pasadena.
|Body style / driveline:||front-wheel-drive, five-passenger, five-door all-electric CUV|
|Battery energy:||60 kWh|
|Electric driving range||EPA-estimated 238 miles (255 city / 217 highway)|
|Electric drive:||Single motor and gearset|
|Power:||200 hp/150 kW|
|Torque:||266 lb-ft/360 Nm|
|0-60 mph:||Under 7 seconds|
|Max cargo room (cu-ft / L):||56.6 / 1603|
It’s also worth noting that the Chevrolet Bolt EV is an American car breaking through the SoCal market, which is dominated by Toyota, Honda, BMW, and Mercedes-Benz, among other imports.
Source: Pasadena Now