Saskatoon launches pilot project to add 30 EVs to the city’s fleet

The City of Saskatoon is launching a pilot project to substantially grow their fleet of electric vehicles (EVs).

Based on public tender documents posted online, the city will purchase up to 30 EVs over the next five years. To be able to keep their expanding fleet charged, the city is also looking for proposals to install six charging stations per year.

“The City of Saskatoon requires smart EV Charging Stations for their oncoming EVs being added to their fleet. The City expects to procure EV charging stations for civic facilities to support their fleet, and may expand into curbside public charging as well.” read the documents.

The shift to electrification flows from the Low Emissions Community Plan, which aims to substantially reduce the city’s emissions by 2050. The plan to completely electrify its fleet of light and heavy duty vehicles will be much quicker, by the year 2030.

Earlier this summer the city launched a separate one year pilot project of an electric bus. The city is expecting the bus to be cheaper to operate by nearly $30,000 per year, compared to the current diesel buses in their fleet, and save 50.3 tonnes of CO2 per year.

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