Chula Vista Mayor May Salas with a specially decorated Nissan LEAF at SDG&E headquarters. Photo by Chris Jennewein

Chula Vista is doubling the size of it’s electric vehicle fleet, with the council voting to purchase 14 new all-electric and 20 plug-in hybrid models.

The new models include the Ford Fusion Energi, Mitsubishi Outlander, and Chevrolet Bolt and Bolt Cargo. The total cost is approximately $750,000, with the purchase made possible by Measure P, a half-cent sales tax measure approved by voters in 2016.

“Many of the vehicles we are replacing are well beyond their useful life,” said Mayor Mary Casillas Salas. “Modernizing our fleet helps us achieve our environmental sustainability goals while remaining fiscally responsible.”

Among the vehicles being replaced are four 2005 Chevrolet Colorados used by fire prevention staff, two 2002 Dodge Dakotas used by construction inspectors, and five 2008 Chevrolet Impalas used by police investigators.

The cost to fuel the new vehicles is estimated to be 61 percent lower, while greenhouse gas emissions will be 80 percent lower. Maintenance costs are also expected to be lower because electric vehicles have fewer parts to maintain than traditional vehicles.

As part of its climate action and operations sustainability plans, Chula Vista’s goal is to reach 40 percent alternative-fuel or electric vehicles by 2020.

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Chris Jennewein is Editor & Publisher of Times of San Diego.