The Municipality of North Cowichan has recently purchased two zero-emissions battery electric vehicles to its corporate fleet.
Under the Climate Action and Energy Plan approved by Council in 2013, North Cowichan has a goal of reducing greenhouse gas emissions in the municipality by 33 per cent under 2007 levels by 2025.
The plan commits to transitioning North Cowichan’s corporate fleet to electric vehicles in an effort to reach this greenhouse-gas emission reduction.
“Council is committed to showing leadership on climate change by reducing emissions and improving our resiliency in the face of change” Mayor Jon Lefebure said.
“We’re happy to welcome these two new additions to the fleet and applaud staff for their commitment to reducing our corporate energy footprint.”
Battery electric vehicles run on electricity only and emit no tailpipe pollutants.
Based on findings from a recent study conducted by the City of Victoria, it’s estimated that North Cowichan will save nearly $6,000 in energy costs and 14 tonnes of carbon over the lifetime of these two battery electric vehicles.
The municipality also expects to save a rough estimate of $8,000 in maintenance costs per vehicle over a 10-year period.