As part of the City’s commitment to implement energy conservation measures to fulfill its corporate Climate Action commitments, the Engineering and Public Works Department has undertaken a number of fleet management initiatives relating to environment, climate change and sustainable energy. Some of these include pilot-testing electric vehicle (EV) technology including five hybrid electric vehicles, two electric ice-resurfacing vehicles and one plug-in fully electric Ford Focus passenger vehicle.
The City provides departments with vehicles and equipment to meet their requirements but the City ensures every effort is made to down-size vehicles and reduce fuel consumption and GHG emissions - like moving away from trucks with V8 engines if compact vehicles are a better fit for the usage requirements, such as:
- replacing full size vans and pick-up trucks that have large V8 engines with compact size Ford Transit vans, Honda Fit cars, hybrid and electric cars; and
- replacing two propane powered ice-resurfacing machines (Zamboni’s) with electric powered units.
- Ford Transit - 13 units
- Honda Fit - 8 units
- Hybrid units - 5 units
- Electric car - 1 unit
- Electric Zamboni - 2 units
- Electric vehicle charging station at the works yard for work vehicles that will charge two E/Vs.
- Electric vehicle charging station at City Hall available for the City's Fleet EV, as well as for public use.
- Changed the type of two cycle gasoline to a product which produces less smoke and harmful emissions thus protecting City workers and the environment.
- GPS on the majority of fleet vehicles with weekly reports on excessive idling. The two main reasons operators leave vehicles idling is:
- keep the inside of the units warm in winter, and
- operators had to run the engine of the truck to sustain enough battery power to run the emergency lights.
To help alleviate these issues, small auxiliary cab heaters were installed that use a minute amount of fuel to heat the vehicle eliminating the need to run the vehicle engine.
- LED emergency lighting installed to all vehicles drawing very little power from the vehicle's battery so emergency lighting can be used without having to run the vehicle engine to sustain battery power.
Monitoring of the progress after these changes identified that idling was reduced by 70%.
- Number of rolling units in City of Coquitlam Fleet - 299.
- Approximately 600 pieces of small equipment such as Chain saws, weed eaters, blowers, pumps and Generators.
Luisa Mora, Energy Manager