City of Newark officials received the first three electric vehicles for the city’s fleet on Monday.

The three 2021 Nissan Leaf S Plus cars were purchased from Porter Nissan on Cleveland Avenue for a total of $89,000 and represent the first step of a long-term plan to transition the city’s fleet away from gas-powered vehicles.

The new vehicles will replace two Ford Focuses and one Ford Ranger pickup truck – all 10 or more years old – that were already scheduled for replacement. The new vehicles will be used by the electric, stormwater and parking departments.

“The city is becoming a leader, if not the leader, in municipal EV use in the state of Delaware,” said Jeff Martindale, chief purchasing and personnel officer for the city.

Within the next month, the city will install three charging stations. One will be located in the parking lot behind the Main Street Galleria, and two will be installed at city hall on South Main Street. They will accommodate city-owned vehicles and also will be available to members of the public, who will be able to pay to use them through an app or a kiosk attached to the charging station.

The Nissan Leaf S Plus has a range of 226 miles – enough to drive to Washington, D.C., and back on a single charge.

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