Electric vehicles approved for downtown patrons in Greer


GREER, SC (WSPA) – The City of Greer plans to have electric vehicles for people going downtown during the streetscape construction.  

Council unanimously approved the measure Tuesday to buy three battery powered vehicles, similar to the ones in downtown Greenville. 

City leaders say they’ll be purchased from a Simpsonville-based business for $57,403 but will be free to the public. The vehicles will have nine seats each and have an 11-hour battery charge.  

Their goal is to help folks get downtown during construction projects, but hop on and off the ride at their convenience. 

City officials hope it sends a message to customers and businesses.

“We’re making a financial commitment to making sure that we are providing every means possible to get customers to them [businesses] during this construction project,” said Greer City Administrator Ed Driggers. “The other part is demonstrating to our community and to our public is that we know there can be some inconvenience in construction when that happens and this is an alternative to make it easier for you to come and dine and shop.”

City leaders hope to get the vehicles running by this Christmas, as they said construction projects will last about 18 months. 

The service will be offered Tuesday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. The hours will be modified on Sunday. 

After the construction project, Driggers said the vehicles may be used during festivals/special events, they could be retrofitted to be used by other city departments, or resold. 

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