City of Pascagoula plugs into electric vehicle fleet

City of Pascagoula plugs into electric vehicle fleet

Mississippi Power continues to advance the adoption of electric vehicles in our service territory as the city of Pascagoula recently added five Nissan LEAF vehicles to its fleet.

It’s part of the company’s electric transportation strategy focusing on awareness and education, policy and leadership, and adoption and sales.

“Mississippi Power is dedicated to increasing awareness and providing education on electric vehicles and charging infrastructure to help customers understand the benefits of driving electric,” said Pascagoula Area Manager Cedrick Hurd. “The city expressed interest in electric vehicles, and our marketing team identified Nissan’s Municipal Fleet Program as an opportunity. After connecting the city and Nissan, Pascagoula city leaders decided to introduce electric vehicles into their fleet.”

As part of the program, the city received $10,000 off the manufacturer’s suggested retail price (MSRP) of each LEAF, and Nissan donated a DC Fast Charger and three Level 2 electric vehicle chargers to the city.

When installed, the DC charger will be located on 14th Street in Pascagoula, while the Level 2 chargers will be set up at the city’s police department, parks and recreation department and at city hall.

“We are excited to be one of the first cities on the Mississippi Gulf Coast to make the leap to add electric vehicles to our fleet,” said Pascagoula Ward 2 Councilman Freddy Jackson. “Not only will we see a cost savings over time, but we also hope this will help to decrease pollution in Pascagoula by protecting our air quality and reducing greenhouse gas emissions. We hope our initiative will encourage other cities to take a look at electric vehicles. We thank Mississippi Power Company for their partnership in this endeavor.”

Plug-in HYBRID electric vehicles (PHEV’s) provide a variety of benefits to customers, most notably, a decrease in fuel costs. On average, customers will pay the equivalent of $1 per gallon to charge an electric vehicle versus the current price per gallon of fuel. On an empty battery, PHEVs perform like HEVs (hybrid electric vehicles), consuming less fuel due to regenerative braking, which is a process that recoups some of the energy lost during stopping.

“Electric vehicles and equipment are quiet, clean and efficient,” Hurd added. “They offer customers the opportunity to save money on fuel and maintenance costs, as well as reduce their environmental impact.”

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