The city is strongly committed to reducing greenhouse gas emissions.
And, this point-of-view is reflected in the city’s decision to replace the Codes Enforcement Office vehicle fleet with three new electric hybrid Chevrolet Volts.
Cost of the cars was covered by a $100,000 state Clean Energy Community grant from the New York State Energy Research and Development Agency.
We’ve ridden in a Volt only once but we can vouch for the smooth, quiet ride as we zipped down Erie Boulevard West with plenty of power. Codes will have an easy ride as the office enforces building codes and the issuance of building permits and their required inspections.
Energy efficiency isn’t new to Rome. Already, there are solar arrays and electrical vehicle charging stations throughout Rome.
Announcing the Volt acquisitions, Mayor Jacqueline M. Izzo also noted that Rome “will continue to implement sensible clean energy projects.” That’s good, and an indicator that additional electric hybrids and other projects are in the city’s future.