New Mexico adds plug-in vehicles to core government fleet

New Mexico

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A major oil producing state is poised to add plug-in electric cars to its core fleet of government vehicles for the first time.

New Mexico’s General Service Department announced Monday announced a price agreement with auto dealers as it prepares to spend at least $1 million on plug-in electric vehicles and plug-in hybrid electric vehicles by mid-2020.

The agency oversees a fleet of about 2,000 government vehicles for a long list of executive agencies.

Lawmakers set aside an additional $1.5 million for car-charging infrastructure.

Electric vehicles can reduce climate pollution from transportation, especially as utilities seek cleaner ways to generate electricity.

Local governments can take advantage of state’s price agreement. General Services Secretary Ken Ortiz described plug-in vehicles as an important tool for reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

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