BCAA adds Ford F-150 Lightning trucks to Auto Service fleet

The British Columbia Automobile Association (BCAA) has gone electric with the addition of the Ford F-150 Lightning to its auto service fleet. This move marks the BCAA Auto Service fleet’s first foray into electric vehicles (EVs), aligning with the company’s broader mission to reduce its carbon footprint and promote sustainable practices.

BCAA says the new trucks are the first of many to come, seeing the new electric trucks as a test case for the future. They are exploring the possibility of using the Lightning trucks with its onboard power as mobile roadside chargers for other battery-powered vehicles, providing a helping hand to EV-driving BCAA Members who might need a quick power boost to reach the nearest charging station.

“We’re really thrilled about introducing these zero-emission vehicles into our fleet. As a purpose-led organization, it’s our job to innovate in ways that lighten our environmental footprint and inspire that change in others, too,” said Richard Gaspar, BCAA’s Director of Automotive.

Along with adding EVs to its service fleet, BCAA is also sending its technicians back to school to ensure they have the skills and knowledge needed to service and repair zero-emission vehicles safely and efficiently. Several BCAA Auto Service Managers have already attended the BCIT Electric Vehicle Maintenance Training program, which covers various aspects, including high-voltage battery handling and fire safety precautions.

Additionally, BCAA’s Roadside fleet and Auto Service teams are set to participate in the Automotive Retailers Association EV-friendly program, sponsored by the BC Ministry of Energy, Mines, and Low Carbon Innovation. This program aims to train auto professionals in the proper servicing, repairing, and recycling of ZEVs, aligning with the evolving landscape of sustainable transportation in British Columbia.

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