As part of their commitment to reduce greenhouse gas emission (GHG) by 60% below 2007 levels by 2030, the City of Victoria will replace 143 vehicles in their municipal fleet with electric vehicles (EVs) by the end of the decade.
The Green Fleet Plan was adopted at a city council meeting last week, which says making the switch to electric will can account for eliminating 706 tonnes of GHG emissions.
The transition is expected to cost the city on average $2.6 million per year through 2030. According to the report, the capital cost premium for the 143 vehicles will be $5.8 million, or about 14% of the total nine-year fleet replacement program.
Also included in the funding is $1.9 million to install EV charging infrastructure at city facilities, reports the Saanich News.
Priority will be given to replace vehicles in those municipal departments that have the highest fuel consumption figures. Underutilized vehicles will not be replaced, and the city will attempt to increase the efficiency of those vehicles that don’t have electric alternatives by introducing vehicle sharing among city employees, reducing non-productive idling and using alternative fuels.
The plan also includes the Victoria Police Department, which is not scheduled to to begin introducing electric patrol cars until 2028.
Source: Saanich News