LOS ANGELES (AP) — The sounds of city vehicles on Los Angeles streets are about to get a bit quieter.
Mayor Eric Garcetti announced Friday the city will lease 160 pure battery electric vehicles, which reduce greenhouse emissions and also make less noise.
The Los Angeles Police Department will use 100 of the vehicles, while the fire department, general services and water and power department will lease the remaining 60. More than 100 plug-in hybrid electric vehicles will also be acquired.
Garcetti says the new vehicles will make Los Angeles home to the largest city-owned fleet of pure battery electric cars in the country.
General Manager Marcie Edwards with the LADWP says the vehicles include plug-in hybrid trucks which are friendlier to neighborhoods because they are better for air quality and also quieter.