The Housing Authority of the City of Los Angeles (HACLA) provides housing and other programs for low income families in the greater Los Angeles area. With 75,400 units, and a plan to increase by another 30,000 units in the next ten years, it is vital for HACLA to have reliable transportation at their disposal.

When HACLA special programs coordinator Lilian Choy was looking for utility vehicles, they were looking to meet the needs for transportation of maintenance staff and their tools and equipment from unit to unit at HACLA properties. Vehicle durability was important and the need for replacement and new vehicles in the future were also determining factors.

HACLA chose to purchase their fleet of vehicles from Columbia on the U.S. Communities contract for multiple reasons, one of which was the no-hassle contracted pricing offered through the U.S. Communities program. Columbia is also the vehicle of choice when it comes to green solutions. With zero tailpipe emissions and a lower maintenance cost than that of traditional combustion engines, Columbia vehicles can save an average of $360 per vehicle per year.

The Summit Utilitruck with a special heavy duty gate is the solution for the HACLA. This utility vehicle allows for two passengers and a box durable enough to haul refrigerators and furniture, yet versatile enough to handle maintenance needs.  The versatility of the Columbia Summit Utilitruck make it ideal for use by housing authorities such as the HACLA. Learn more about Columbia electric work vehicles.



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