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Electric cars join Oklahoma City police fleet

The Wheego electric cars will be used by the parking enforcement unit in downtown Oklahoma City and the Bricktown neighborhood.
by Juliana Keeping Modified: May 16, 2012 at 9:24 pm •  Published: May 16, 2012
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A small fleet of two-passenger electric cars has become the new mode of transport for the parking enforcement unit in Oklahoma City's downtown and in Bricktown.

Four Wheego electric cars went into service Wednesday, police Capt. Don Martin said.

“The city has been looking for areas to introduce environmentally friendly resources,” he said.

Along those lines, Police Chief Bill Citty looked for ways to implement environmentally friendly vehicles into the department's fleet, Martin said.

The Wheego electric vehicles fit the bill. The four-wheel, front-wheel-drive cars are powered by a rechargeable battery pack.

The vehicles and accompanying equipment cost between $13,000 and $14,000 each, Martin said.

“It's still far less than the gas-powered vehicles we currently use,” he said.

The vehicles also will be used for special events such as races and during Thunder games.

They replaced older model, gas-powered, three-wheeled vehicles.

by Juliana Keeping
Enterprise Reporter
Juliana Keeping is on the enterprise reporting team for The Oklahoman and NewsOK.com. Keeping joined the staff of The Oklahoman in 2012. Prior to that time, she worked in the Chicago media at the SouthtownStar, winning a Peter Lisagor Award...
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