Georgia Power recently donated an all-electric 2013 Nissan Leaf to the Atlanta Police Foundation at a special event held March 20 at Washington Park in southwest Atlanta.
The car, fully-equipped with police graphics, emergency lights, speakers and sirens, will be used by the Atlanta Police Department (APD) Path Force Unit to provide public safety for the Atlanta BeltLine, its surrounding parks, and neighborhoods.
Paul Bowers, chairman, president and CEO of Georgia Power, presented the keys to Dave Wilkinson, president and CEO of the Foundation, and Police Chief George N. Turner at the event. Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed also attended the ceremony and provided an update on the city's sustainability initiatives and the Atlanta BeltLine project.
The Atlanta BeltLine is one of the largest urban redevelopment and mobility projects currently underway in the United States and, once completed, will provide a network of public parks, multi-use trails and transit options that will ultimately connect 45 neighborhoods circling downtown Atlanta.
"This donation is part of our continued commitment to the Atlanta community, including supporting law enforcement and contributing to the city's sustainability," Bowers said. "The presence of electric vehicles on Georgia roadways is growing daily and we hope that an all-electric patrol car will build awareness of electric transportation technology and demonstrate the capability of PEVs in public safety."