City’s fleet has been stuck by lightening, first electric city truck unveiled

The city is now on its way to having an all-electric fleet.

The F-150 Lightning has been unveiled and is the city’s first electric truck.

The vehicle costed upwards of $60,000 and Mayor Sandra Masters shared that charging stations will be evaluated and installed for the vehicle in 2023.

The project was paid for under the fleet delegation of the city’s budget.

“Introducing the first electric truck to our fleet is a necessary step in reducing emissions and working towards our goal of becoming a net-zero city by 2050,” says Mayor Sandra Masters.

“We will continue to look at the various opportunities we have to increase sustainability within city operations as we work towards a Renewable Regina.”

This F-150 Lightning will be doing park and road work.

Down the line, the city will invest in converting all city-run vehicles into electric or hybrid models.

“Although this truck costs about $20,000 more than a conventional internal combustion engine truck, we’re going to save about $40,000 in gas over that so it’s a $20,000 savings overall,” says Greg Kuntz, Manager of Sustainable Energy and Adaptation for the city. He also added that the city will also save costs on maintenance compared to a gas-run vehicle.

Not only city vehicles, but the transition to having electric transit in the city will begin in 2024.

By 2035, in line with new federal regulations, all light-duty City vehicles purchased will be electric. For medium-duty and heavy-duty trucks, the City will explore options including electric, hydrogen-fueled, and using renewable diesel as a transition fuel.

As a result of the City’s Efficiency Review, 26 vehicles were identified for salvage and removed from the City fleet. It is estimated that approximately 25,000 fewer litres of fuel will be used annually resulting in 55 tonnes fewer carbon emissions.

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