Riverbank gets electric vehicles

August 13, 2013 

— A $58,833 grant will buy eight electric vehicles, six of them scooters, for use by city staff.

The San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District provided the money as part of its efforts to cut back on gasoline use.

Two of the vehicles are utility trucks to be used in management of the former Riverbank Army Ammunition Plant on Claus Road. The 174-acre site is being converted to other industrial uses by the Riverbank Local Redevelopment Authority.

This agency will get three Trikkes, three-wheeled scooters to be used for site management, security and trips to City Hall.

The Riverbank Police Department will use a Trikke to patrol special events, such as the annual Cheese and Wine Exposition.

The recreation staff will use the two other Trikkes for travel to and from its facilities and patrol of Jacob Myers Park along the Stanislaus River.

The vehicles are expected to hit the streets within a month.

"The community has put a strong emphasis on initiating sustainable practices whenever possible," Debbie Olson, executive director of the redevelopment authority, said in a news release. "These are perfect vehicles for use on and around the Riverbank Industrial Complex. Not only do they minimize environmental effects, but they will also save thousands in fuel and maintenance costs."

The grant is from an air district program that provides up to $20,000 for cities, counties and other public entities to buy alternative-fuel vehicles.

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