You’ll Get a Charge Out of This
October 14, 2011
City buys its first rechargable, all-electric vehicle
The City has taken another step towards reducing its carbon footprint by adding its first battery-powered, all-electric vehicle to its fleet.
“Using electric vehicles is an investment in Edmonton’s environmental future,” said Councillor Iveson. “Because the van runs on electricity, it’s cleaner and quieter than a gasoline-powered vehicle. It’s a practical way to contribute to our goal of making Edmonton an environmental leader and reiterates Council’s commitment to citizens through The Way We Green, the City’s environmental strategic plan.”
The City’s Buildings and Landscape Services is using the electric vehicle for its building maintenance painters who travel in the downtown core. The vehicle produces no emissions, reduces the City’s overall gasoline costs and is practically silent when it’s running. It will cost an estimated $290 in electricity to run for one year, compared to $900 for the gasoline version.
“This is the first addition of an untethered all-electric vehicle to the City’s fleet,” said Paul Specht, Director of Facility Maintenance Services. “We’re proud to be a part of making Edmonton a more environmentally sustainable city. It will be fitted with decals so you’ll be able to tell it’s a City-owned electric vehicle.”
The purchase of the van is part of a pilot project to determine if the City can add more electric vehicles to its fleet. The van will be tested to see whether it can stand up to Edmonton’s cold weather. The City’s fleet already includes other environmentally friendly vehicles such as hybrid SUVs, hybrid cars and hybrid aerial trucks.
The electric van, a Ford 2011 Transit Connect Electric, has a targeted range of up to 100 klometres on a full charge. It uses an advanced lithium-ion battery that takes up to 8 hours to charge at 240 volts. The vehicle is best suited for short-range travel routes in urban and suburban environments.
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