Roanoke, VA - You've seen the electric vehicles on the streets, now Roanoke is using them to crack down on parking.
City officials unveiled the new "Firefly" Monday. Roanoke is the first city in Virginia to use one of these vehicles for parking enforcement.
The three wheeled FireFly became a reality after a gas powered vehicle the city planned for fell through because its parent company folded.
That sent the buying team on a nine month search that resulted in the FireFly. The zero emission vehicle runs just over $33,400 and is comparable in price to the gas powered cousin.
The best part of this vehicle is it will save the city roughly $4,000 a year.
"Here with this electric vehicle it's going to produce savings, not only for fuel costs but also maintenance and repair costs too. Being an electric vehicle it doesn't have the traditional breakdown/repairs that a normal vehicle would," said Demond Hammond, Roanoke's Fleet Administrative Supervisor.
Officials hope the FireFly will pay for itself within the next six or seven years.
The vehicle is expected to get more than 60 miles to the charge with the special lithium-iron-phosphate batteries lasting more than four years.