The Miami-Dade Aviation Department (MDAD) has received its first four all-electric vehicles, with almost 40 more due over the next five years.

The Nissan Leaf 40kW cars are being assigned to employees whose job duties require the most frequent travel to and from Miami International Airport (MIA), such as supervisors in MDAD’s airside, landside and maintenance divisions. Thirteen more cars are scheduled for arrival next year and a further 24 over the next five years. 

“We work year-round to protect our planet and our residents by building resilient infrastructure and looking for innovative solutions that help us mitigate the impacts of climate change and ensure that all our residents live safely to thrive.

“Miami-Dade County is leading the way on renewable energy, resilient infrastructure, and heat mitigation, making us a future-ready community at the forefront of climate solutions,” said Miami-Dade County Mayor Daniella Levine Cava.

MDAD also plans to transition its fleet of 38 gas buses to electric vehicles that will shuttle employees and travellers between the airport’s terminal, employee parking garage, and remote economy park and ride lot.

Image: Miami-Dade Aviation Department