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Electric Vehicles Help Stockton Save Money, Keep City Clean and Green

  

Five, new electric vehicles are being used by workers to spruce up downtown sidewalks and erase graffiti in Stockton.

Among the other services it provides, the Downtown Stockton Alliance keeps downtown presentable using a fleet of maintenance vehicles on a mission to scrub away dirt and graffiti.

A $100,000 grant from the San Joaquin Air Pollution Control District has allowed the Alliance to replace the old fleet of gas-powered carts with the new electric Polaris Ranger buggies.

Alliance Director Troy Broddrick says the savings are significant.

"Last year our fuel expenditure was $17,000 but the big savings is the sustainability and the long term effect it has environmentally here in downtown." -- Tony Broddrick, director, Downtown Stockton Alliance

Broddrick says with the retirement of the old gas-powered carts the Alliance is also saving on maintenance costs. The four-wheel drive vehicles are quiet on the street and can haul up to 1,700 pounds of cargo.

"There is really no noise pollution, they are very quiet, we use it to bring our equipment downtown and it also drops the noise level quite a bit from the former motorized vehicles that we had in the past and so it's just a nice addition to what we are doing downtown." -- Tony Broddrick

Rich Ibarra

Contributing Central Valley/Foothills Reporter

As the Central Valley correspondent, Rich Ibarra covers San Joaquin, Stanislaus, and Merced counties, along with the foothill areas including Tuolumne and Calaveras counties. He covers politics, the economy and issues affecting the region.   Read Full Bio