In its effort to ramp up electric vehicle use in the community, Delta will soon purchase two electric cars for use in two of its city departments.
On Monday, council approved the purchase of two electric cars in the amount of $81,498 from Abbotsford Hyundai.
The two electric cars will replace two existing cars for the use in the property use and compliance division and the engineering department.
Coun. Jeannie Kanakos said this was really exciting news for the City, while asking staff whether this is part of the cities’ efforts to replace existing vehicles with electric ones.
“If we can replace with an electric vehicle we will continue to do that,” said City Manager Sean McGill. “The intent is to keep moving in that direction as much as possible taking into consideration the operational needs.”
Engineering director Steven Lan said they are looking at the entire electrification of the entire fleet with respect to climate change.
“We are working on a study with corporate services and this is just one step…one step that council was supportive with in terms of what to budget, so we are really pleased to bring on the start of electric cars,” Lan said. “The pricing is very reasonable and the range is quite good – about 270 km on a charge, so again, we are looking forward to enhancing our fleet and for the public to see it as well.”