The Medford Parks and Recreation Maintenance Division unveils a new generation of utility vehicles during today’s City Council meeting.
Parks and Recreation presently operates a dozen gas vehicles that are more than 15 years old. In September, the City Council approved the purchase of three low-speed electric Vantage Greentrucks, manufactured by Vantage Vehicle International of Corona, Calif.
The city said the Vantage electric vehicle is 10 times more efficient than newer fossil fuel vehicles used by the department, which will lead to an anticipated savings of more than $5,100 per vehicle — including possible battery replacement every five years. The return on investment is projected at 18 months based on the cost difference between similar gas vehicles.
The trucks have a top speed of 25 mph, a range of 40 miles per charge and are capable of hauling 1,000 pounds. They can be quickly converted from a truck bed to a flat bed by one person.
This is the kind of savings and versatility that makes these vehicles such a compelling option for many businesses.
Source: Mail Tribune