Roanoke Environmental News

Posted on: January 4, 2018

Roanoke’s Fleet Has a New Ride

Roanoke, VA – The City of Roanoke’s Fleet Management Division has purchased 11 all-electric Nissan Leaf cars for use in its Vehicle Replacement Program. The most impressive result of the decision is its return on investment for the program. Between the elimination of underused assets, the reduced expenses realized by purchasing late-model used electric vehicles, the fuel and maintenance savings, and the surplus value of the replaced cars, the purchase will yield savings for the city.

Before buying the vehicles, Fleet Management identified a number of low-use vehicles that were ready for replacement, re-assessed its normal replacement strategies, and employed data analysis of vehicle use patterns to devise a new Vehicle Sharing Plan that reduces the number of needed replacement cars. Purchase of the first 11 vehicles is expected to avoid approximately $150,000 in vehicle replacement costs in addition to providing an ongoing savings of approximately 80 percent in energy and maintenance costs, and is projected to completely pay for itself in just over a year.

This is the first phase of the Plan, with the eventual total purchase of 15 to 20 electric vehicles planned after a review period. The vehicles will be available for staff from many different job functions to drive on an as-needed basis.

The cleaner and highly efficient Nissan Leaf has a number of environmental advantages, making it an excellent choice for the city’s purposes. Since the Leaf does not have a tail pipe, it eliminates toxic emissions and greatly improves community air quality. By purchasing the electric vehicles, Roanoke is demonstrating the business case for sustainability by providing creative solutions to challenges that save or avoid several hundred thousand dollars in costs while increasing its commitment to the environment at the same time.  

For more information on the city’s electric vehicle sharing program contact Nell Boyle at 853-5430 or



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