Oklahoman Modified: November 5, 2009 at 4:32 am •  Published: November 5, 2009
Q: The Department of Human Services just received an electric car. Can you tell me about the vehicle and how it was obtained?

A: The electric car was manufactured by E-ride Industries and is a 4 passenger vehicle provided to us at no cost by the Department of Central Services. It operates on nine 8-volt batteries and will run for 30-40 miles between charges, costing about 5 cents per hour to charge during off peak times. Its top speed is 25 mph and it is street legal on any street with a maximum speed limit of 35 mph.

Q: What is it being used for?

A: We are using the car for short-trip mail runs and deliveries, and also as a back-up shuttle for employees traveling between buildings.

Q: What are employees’ initial impressions?

A: Employees have shown enthusiasm and interest in the car. There is generally strong support for being more environmentally aware.

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