Instant Live 8: Mansfield meter readers go green

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by WYATT GOOLSBY

WFAA

Posted on August 15, 2011 at 10:31 AM

Updated Sunday, Oct 20 at 11:29 PM

MANSFIELD - Mansfield officials rolled out a new fleet of vehicles Monday they said will help save the city time and money. News 8 was there on Daybreak, hitting the streets with some of the city's meter readers. Residents now can expect to see a Segway, smart car and two T-3s (Three-wheel electric vehicles) in and around town.

               

City Meter Readers will use the eco-friendly and electric vehicles, which officials told News 8 will make more efficient and burn less gas. They said buying a T-3 over a regular truck saves them three to four thousand dollars per year.


"Our meter readers are out on the road almost all day, so we said, you know if there's a way we could capitalize on lower mile per hour vehicle or electric vehicles, even compressed natural gas, that's what we want to do,” Joe Smolinski, Director Of Utilities for the City of Mansfield, explained.

 

City officials are looking into applying for grant money to help pay for more smart cars and T-3s in the future. Don't be surprised if you start seeing them at major city events as well.

 

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