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Jefferson County Acquires First Electric Car

February 27, 2008

PORT ANGELES, WA – Jefferson County has acquired its first electric car. The acquisition is intended to help cut emissions and save money on gasoline, according to the Peninsula Daily. The car plugs into the exterior wall of the public works building to charge up. A charge allows up to 25 miles of travel. The vehicle, built by Toronto-based ZENN Motor Co., moves silently up to 25 mph.

The $15,000 vehicle was acquired through an Olympic Air Pollution Control Authority grant, in which the county agreed to swap the ZENN for a gas-fueled 1999 Ford Taurus. County Commissioner Phil Johnson, D-Port Townsend, worked with the pollution control authority to secure the vehicle. Five years ago, the county acquired two Honda Civic gas-electric hybrid cars. Officials utilize the vehicles when traveling out of town.

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