According to the Government of Canada’s website, Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO) “helps to ensure healthy and sustainable aquatic ecosystems through habitat protection and sound science.” With the world’s longest coastline, measuring in at 243,042 km (151,019 miles) and thousands of lakes and rivers, DFO employees have a lot of travelling to do, and now they can do it with zero emissions.
In a statement to Drive Tesla, a DFO spokesperson confirmed the department has purchased three Model 3 Long Range sedans, all of which were delivered earlier this year. DFO tells us these EVs are stationed on Vancouver Island, where they are used by employees of the science program from the Pacific Biological Station (PBS) for travel between sites.
Along with the Model 3 sedans, DFO also purchased six Ford F-150 Lightning Lariat’s this year. These electric trucks are located across the country in Vancouver, BC, Winnipeg, MB, Mont-Joli, QC, Moncton, NB, Dartmouth, NS, and St John’s, NL. They are used by multiple DFO and Canadian Coast Guard programs to meet their operational and administrative needs by carrying materials, towing small boats, and are used to reach field sites with difficult access.
These aren’t the first EVs to join the DFO fleet, which already had two Chevy Bolt EVs that were purchased last year. The purchases were made to help DFO reach the government of Canada’s fleet greening objectives, which calls for their administrative fleet to be comprised of at least 80% zero-emission vehicles by 2030.