Clean Cities Success: LA Alternative Fuel Vehicles
City of Los Angeles has over 4,400 alternative-fuel vehicles. Everything from gas-electric hybrids to dual fuel refuse trucks to electric cars like the Mini-E.
The city field tested 5 Mini E plug-in electrics. City workers said that they were getting about 100 miles on a full charge; recharging takes about 3 hours using a dedicated charging station. For emergencies, a “convenience charger” plugs into a normal outlet.
The city reduced petroleum fuel consumption by eight million gallons last year as the alt-fuel fleet continues to grow by over 20% annually. That includes almost 500 refuse trucks that use natural gas, as do two-thirds of their street sweepers with plans for a 100% alt-fuel fleet.
The LA Clean Cities Coalition sees advanced technology alt-fuel vehicles as a key way to keep the City of Angles clean, green and beautiful.