Posted: Saturday, August 30th 2014 at 8:12am
Habersham EMC adds electric vehicles to corporate fleet
CLARKESVILLE - Recently you may have seen these unique-looking vehicles on a street near you. They are not only colorful, they are also environmentally friendly.
Habersham Electric Membership Corp. has added plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEVs) to its corporate fleet.
The PHEVs were added to HEMC’s fleet to be used for transportation to meetings, visits with consumers and other business functions.
The cars are Ford C-Max and Chevy Volt.
Both are powered by conventional fuels and electrical energy stored in a battery.
The cars use 40 to 60 percent less gas than conventional vehicles and can be driven using only electricity.
Through the vehicles' regenerative braking, the batteries recharge themselves during braking.
With automatic start/shutoff, the engine automatically shuts off when the vehicle comes to a stop and restarts when the accelerator is pressed.
HEMC offered the following comparisons between its PHEVs and an SUV.
According to the EV Explorer Calculator, the annual cost to operate the vehicles from Cornelia to the HEMC office in Clarkesville:
•Chevy Volt = $243
•Ford C-Max = $256
•Large SUV = $1,105.
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