It may not boast the flash of a Model S, but the newest addition to the Los Altos Hills town staff vehicle fleet delivers where it counts in a community of steep inclines: ground clearance. The 2019 Kia Niro bests the Tesla by more than half an inch.
“It’s not trying to make a visual statement – it’s performing a serious job,” said Councilman Roger Spreen, who recently took the black crossover hatchback for a spin. “It doesn’t need to do zero to 60 in 4 seconds. It needs to carry our town staff and supplies up and down our hills, to and from every remote corner of our town, eight hours a day, five days a week, 52 weeks a year.”