June 19, 2013
Charlottesville Police have a new car to help patrol the Downtown Mall, and it won't be wasting any gas.
The department has added a Nissan Leaf electric car to its fleet of vehicles. The new "green" patrol car was bought using federal grant money from the Department of Energy.
The department is trying to see if the car could be a permanent addition to their enforcement activities.
"Two of them are located in the public works department," said Charlottesville Police Lt. Ronnie Roberts. "One was sent to the police department for an experimental operation so we can see how it works within a police operation."
The charging station for the car is in the Market Street parking garage. It takes six to eight hours for the car to fully charge.