Cobb County Fleet Moves Cobb to Electric!
Published February 2, 2020
Cobb County Fleet Management is Shocking Departments with the Benefits of Electrification
By Sean O’Leary, Cobb Fleet Administrator
Cobb County Fleet Management has taken another step toward sustainability within other county departments.
With the support of Fleet Management, Cobb County Elections & Registration removed a 17-year-old Ford Crown Victoria from their fleet. The 10 mile-per-gallon inefficient vehicle was replaced by a zero-emissions Nissan Leaf, which has a 126 mile-per-gallon equivalent rating. The Leaf provides countless benefits, including a 39% reduction in costs, an 85% reduction in maintenance costs and displaces over 2,000 lbs. of greenhouse gas emissions a year. It has all the safety features of a new vehicle. Employees were shocked at the Leaf’s benefits and pledge to add more electric vehicles to their department in the future.
A dual-port vehicle charger was also installed for easy and convenient charging. It can charge multiple vehicles at the same time, aiding in the future growth of our electric fleet.
In a concerted effort to embrace electrification and green technologies throughout the county’s fleet, Fleet Management is continuing to demonstrate its commitment to environmental responsibility and county sustainability by using data analytics to identify opportunities to electrify county vehicles in other departments.
The department seeks to obtain vehicles that will both reduce emissions and operate at a low total cost of ownership. Benefits include less reliance on foreign petroleum, reduced fuel costs, reduced maintenance costs, and contributions to local air quality improvement.