FREMONT -- City officials will use a federal grant to pay for installing two electric charging stations and adding a pair of electric cars to Fremont's fleet of vehicles, officials said.

The City Council unanimously voted this week to purchase the electric vehicles and charging stations with a sum of $52,000 awarded by the U.S. Department of Transportation. Fremont was one 10 Bay Area government agencies to receive a federal grant seeking to promote local governments' use of electric vehicles.

City officials expect to purchase the electric cars by early next year.

One electric car charging station will be installed next to Building A in City Hall's south parking lot at 3300 Capitol Ave. The second charging station will be in the parking lot behind Fremont's Development Services Center, at 39550 Liberty St.

The electric stations will be used for city vehicles only, and will not be open to the public, officials said.

Contact Chris De Benedetti at 510-353-7011. Follow him at Twitter.com/cdebenedetti.



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