City of Waterloo converts fleet of inspection vehicles to electric

The City of Waterloo, Ontario announced yesterday it has taken a big step towards its goal of converting its entire fleet of light duty vehicles to electric.

Part of their plan to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 80% by the year 2050, the City announced a purchase of six new Hyundia Kona electric vehicles (EVs).

With the purchase they are now able to convert their entire Building Standards inspection fleet to electric, a first in Ontario.

We believe that this is the first building inspection fleet in Ontario to be entirely electric,” said Mayor Dave Jaworsky in a press release. “Staff put a lot of effort into selecting a vehicle that would be environmentally friendly, cost effective, and still the right fit for the job.

The City has no plans to install Level 2 chargers and will instead rely on a standard 120v household plug to recharge the Kona’s.

Based on the lower maintenance and fuel costs, the City expects to break even with the new fleet within 5 years or less.

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