May 19, 2017

Montgomery County’s Department of General Services Continues to Build a Greener Montgomery County


As part of Montgomery County's commitment to achieving energy efficiency, the County purchased 16 new Chevrolet Bolt electric vehicles (EV) that will be used by the Montgomery County Department of General Services and other agencies for miscellaneous purposes.

The Chevrolet Bolt is a 100%, electric-powered vehicle that utilizes energy stored in a lithium-ion battery pack produced by LG Chem. These 16 new Bolts are replacing 15 Chevrolet Cavaliers and Cobalts, and a Toyota Prius that will retire from service to the County.

According to the U.S. Department of Energy EVs, which run on electricity only, have several advantages over conventional vehicles. EVs convert 59 to 62 percent of the electrical energy from the grid to power at the wheels. Conventional gasoline vehicles only convert 17 to 21 percent of the energy stored in gasoline to power at the wheels. They are more environmentally friendly than fossil-fuel vehicles as they emit no tailpipe pollutants; and EVs provide quiet, smooth operation and stronger acceleration and require less maintenance than internal combustion engines.

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