Supervisor Ed Romaine has announced that the first fully electric car has been added to the Town’s vehicle fleet. The new 2016 Ford Focus Electric has an 80 mile range and is able to recharge to 80% of battery capacity in 30 minutes. The purchase of the car is part of Supervisor Romaine’s “Energy Efficiency and Sustainability Initiative,” a five-year capital plan to achieve a 50% reduction of greenhouse gas emissions by 2020. The plan, which the Supervisor announced in his 2015 State of the Town Address, focuses on Town-owned buildings and facilities, traffic controls, street lights and Town vehicles. The Town plans to purchase six more electric cars in the near future. In addition to the new electric car, the town has 17 hybrid vehicles in its fleet.
Supervisor Ed Romaine said, “The purchase of our first, fully electric car brings us another step closer to making Brookhaven Town a cleaner and greener place to live. I remain committed to reduce our dependence on fossil fuels and reduce our carbon footprint to protect the environment for future generations and save taxpayer dollars.”