The city of Carson purchased five electric vehicles to add to the city’s vehicle fleet.

Carson continues to make significant progress with its Going-Green initiative with the purchase of electrical vehicles to be added to its fleet.  This additional purchase is made possible with a $50,000 grant received from the Mobile Source Air Pollution Reduction Review Committee (MSRC). The city used the grant to supplement its purchasing power for additional electric vehicles.

In addition to the $50,000 funds received from MSRC, the city was also able to utilize state rebates. The city will receive $4,500 per electric vehicle from the California Clean Vehicle Rebate Program. In total, the city will receive $72,500 in grants and incentives to fund the purchase of Chevrolet Bolt EVs.

“I am proud of Carson’s continued progress to improving our environment. I am excited to announce that with our new electrical vehicle fleet we will improve our air quality as every 1,000 miles driven in an EV saves about 39.6 gallons of gasoline, or two barrels of oil, and produces no air pollution-producing tailpipe emissions,” said Carson Mayor Albert Robles. “This is especially important for Carson, as the city’s air quality is impacted by nearby major freeways, major oil refineries, heavy industrial land uses, and our close proximity to the Ports of Long Beach and Los Angeles.”

The MSRC provides funding from a $4 surcharge on vehicle license fees that is specifically to be used for local projects designed to reduce air pollution from motor vehicles.

Over its nearly 30-year history, the MSRC has distributed more than $400 million in funding for clean air projects throughout Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside and San Bernardino counties that have helped to remove as much as 13,000 tons of air pollution from the skies of Southern California.

Residents will have the chance to get up close and personal with new electric vehicles at the city’s annual Earth Day event in April 2020.

Robles added, “These electric vehicles join Carson’s electric trash truck, making Carson the only city in California with an electric residential trash truck and electric vehicle city fleet.”