District invests in new e-Fleet, saving tonnes of GHGs

By District Staff on Tuesday, Oct 30, 2018

Over the last several weeks, crews have been busy at both District Hall and our Crown Street Operations Centre, installing charging stations in the parking lots for our new, soon-to-arrive electric fleet vehicles!

We have purchased seventeen fully-electric Nissan Leaf cars; 10 to replace older fleet vehicles, and seven to meet the growing demands on the fleet, which staff across a variety of departments — such as Building Inspections, Bylaw Enforcement, Town Centre Engineering, and Development Planning — use to conduct work in the field.

Reducing one of our largest sources of carbon emissions

According to our Energy Manager, Monica Samuda, our existing fleet accounted for 50 per cent of the greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from all District operations in 2017, so vehicle replacement time was a great opportunity to make a change to a more environment friendly fuel and reduce our carbon footprint.

For each light duty gasoline vehicle we replace with an electric vehicle, we will reduce GHG emissions by a minimum of 1.7 tonnes per year, and likely more.

Features of the new vehicles

The vehicles, which have a 40kWh battery and a range of 242 km (151 miles), have some innovative features, such as:

  • ProPilot Assist — An artificial intelligence (AI) feature that helps the vehicle follow traffic ahead at a pre-set distance, and helps keep the vehicle centred in its lane.  It can also bring the vehicle to a stop based on traffic flow, and take it back up to speed once traffic starts to move
  • Intelligent emergency braking, with pedestrian detection
  • Intelligent all round vision when reversing/maneuvering, rear cross-traffic alert, and blind spot warning
  • E-Pedal — single pedal driving allows more efficient driving and braking including regenerative power to recharge vehicle battery on the go

Funding for this project

The capital cost for the vehicles and infrastructure is approximately $828,000, which was planned for and allocated through the District’s Asset Management Plan, and Financial Plan. The new charging infrastructure has been designed to allow for additional chargers to be readily added in the future

Learn about our other efforts to reduce energy use and greenhouse gas emissions

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