The City of Baltimore has leased four battery-electric cars as part of testing program that could bring the first EVs into the city fleet as a way to lower refueling costs, reports the Baltimore Business Journal.

The city is using a state grant tol fund the three-year program with $52,500, and has also installed several charging stations, including a DC fast charger. The city is considering DC charging, so slower charging wouldn't hamper work flow.

Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake has said she would like to double the number of EV charging stations in a city where there are now only 20 stations. DC fast chargers cost about $65,000 to install, while Level 2 charging stations cost between $15,000 and $20,000 to install.

Originally posted on Government Fleet