City of Kamloops on track for a green fleet

The Fraser Valley already has the green fleet program that Kamloops is considering.
Image Credit: West Coast Electric Fleets

After a successful application process, the City has been selected to participate in the Fleet Champions Program (FCP). This opportunity is worth $35,000. The program, funded through the Province of British Columbia and administered through the Fraser Basin Council, will allow the City to use data analysis to understand where investment in electric fleet vehicles may be cost effective.

Pending Council approval, the FCP will equip the City with 29 data loggers, which will be placed in City vehicles (fleet vehicles). Over time, the data loggers will generate data reports that will help fleet managers understand the costs and savings associated with adopting electric vehicles. The information collected will reveal other ways the City can reduce fuel consumption and cut down on greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions that trap heat and make the planet warmer.

If Council gives the green light, the City will take the West Coast Electric Fleets pledge, meaning it will join Los Angeles, San Francisco, Oakland, Portland, Seattle, Olympia, Vancouver, and several other cities that have taken the pledge. The pledge asks participants to “evaluate the opportunity to adopt zero-emissions vehicles as part of all fleet purchases.”

This is an exciting opportunity because it allows the City to be proactive in integrating alternative fuel within its fleet and continue to reduce its GHG emissions, both of which tie into the Sustainable Kamloops Plan. The City intends to apply for charging infrastructure incentives, which are also available to FCP participants.

The FCP funding is available until March 2018. After the funding ends, the data loggers will become the property of the City, and there is no obligation to renew the electric vehicle analytics software licence.

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