Victoria, Saanich add electric cars to fleet

The municipalities of Victoria and Saanich have joined forces to purchase 13 new electric vehicles.

  • Apr. 5, 2016 11:00 a.m.

The municipalities of Victoria and Saanich have joined forces to purchase 13 new electric vehicles that is expected to save more than $100,000.

The City of Victoria has purchased nine vehicles, while the District of Saanich has purchased four, with a rebate of more than $8,000 per vehicle from the province.

The vehicles run on electricity and are propelled by one or more electric motors powered by rechargeable battery packs, while they convert approximately 60 per cent of the electrical energy from the grid to power at the wheels.

The fleet is also one of the largest of Ford Focus electric vehicles in Western Canada.

“This is a great way to collaborate with a neighbouring municipality, save taxpayers money and continue to reduce greenhouse gas emissions,” said Victoria Mayor Lisa Helps. “It’s terrific to see these vehicles replace carbon emitting ones moving Victoria further along the path of becoming a leading-edge 21st century city.”

Saanich Mayor Richard Atwell agreed.

“Saanich is always striving to offer cost savings for taxpayers, while reducing our carbon emissions,” he said. “This partnership brings us one step closer to meeting our goals, and we’re pleased to be working with Victoria on this important initiative.

The passenger cars replace six cars and three vans in Victoria. The fleet also aids the community-wide greenhouse gas reduction target of 33 per cent by 2020.



Just Posted

Ginormous 10-foot dragon towers over Saanich yard

Artist Dan Iochelli spent seven years crafting the metal beast

Return of the undead: Victoria Zombie Walk hits the streets

Hundreds of zombies expected for annual event Oct. 26 in Centennial Square

Popular corn maze at North Saanich’s Pendray Farms out of operation

No Halloween-themed activities taking place this year at local farm

Access: A day in the life using a wheelchair in Victoria

Black Press Media teamed up with the Victoria Disability Resource Centre to learn about barriers

Popular food truck to open restaurant on Oak Bay Avenue

Dead Beetz Burgers adds brick-and-mortar restaurant

VIDEO: Explosion, fire sends woman running from Saanich home

Heavy smoke in the area, crews on scene

Zantac, the over-the-counter heartburn drug, pulled in Canada, U.S.

Health Canada also investigates possible carcinogen in some ranitidine drugs

B.C. public safety minister says cannabis edibles not in stores til January

Mike Farnworth says he wants regional issues considered when it comes to licensing

POLL: Do you think the day of the federal election should be a statutory holiday?

Increasing voter turnout has long been a goal of officials across the… Continue reading

Greta Thunberg calls for climate action in Alberta, but doesn’t talk oilsands

Swedish teen was met with some oil and gas industry supporters who came in a truck convoy

Scheer denies spreading ‘misinformation’ in predicting unannounced Liberal taxes

Conservative leader had claimed that a potential NDP-Liberal coalition could lead to a hike in GST

Chilliwack man pleads guilty in crash that killed pregnant woman

Frank Tessman charged under Motor Vehicle Act for accident that killed Kelowna school teacher

Kawhi Leonard, former Toronto Raptor, welcomed back to Vancouver at pre-season game

Fans go wild at pre-season game between L.A. Clippers and Dallas Mavericks at Rogers Arena

Greens and NDP go head to head on West Coast; Scheer takes fight to Bernier

Trudeau turns focus to key ridings outside Toronto after two days in Quebec

Most Read