SANTA FE – New Mexico state government’s vehicle fleet will soon get a touch of green.
The state agency that oversees the roughly 2,000-vehicle fleet recently entered a price agreement with several car dealerships that paves the way for the state’s first purchase of electric and hybrid vehicles.
A budget bill signed into law this year by Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham authorized $1 million for the purchase of the electric vehicles, while the General Services Department plans to use part of a separate $2.5 million budget appropriation to purchase hybrid sedans.
The electric vehicle initiative is one of several steps the Lujan Grisham administration is taking to address climate change – while still reaping the benefits of an ongoing oil drilling boom in southeast New Mexico.