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Toronto, Sep 26 (Canadian-Media): As part of the City of Toronto's Consolidated Green Fleet Plan -- developed in City's response to the challenge of climate change and poor air quality -- it purchased two 2017 Chevrolet Bolt EVs, and has become one of the first governments in Canada to include level three electric vehicles in its fleet, City of Toronto News release said.
Chevrolet. Image credit: Twitter handle
A progress report on the plan was considered yesterday by the City's Government Management Committee.
"The City of Toronto continues to be a leader in green fleet technology," Councillor Paul Ainslie (Ward 43 Scarborough East), Chair of the City's Government Management Committee was reported by media as saying. "This investment demonstrates our ongoing efforts to reduce our fleet's environmental impact while pursuing cost-effective solutions."
Paul Ainslie: Facebook
The driving range of the Chevrolet Bolt EV is 380 km. It also has DC fast-charging capabilities that allow the vehicle to reach a full charge in 45 minutes.
This was significant improvement from the City's level 2 electric vehicles, which reportedly have a driving range of approximately 100 km and require approximately eight hours to reach a full battery charge.
According to official reports, the City currently has 2,091 green vehicles and pieces of equipment in its fleet and represents 24 percent of the total number of vehicles in the City’s fleet. This includes electric, hybrid, fuel-efficient and alternative fuel vehicles, as well as conventional vehicles with fuel-conserving technologies.
The goal of the City of Toronto's Consolidated Green Fleet Plan, continued the News release, is to choose vehicles, equipment, fuels that consume less fuel and emit less greenhouses gases and air pollution, meet the City’s operational requirements , are sustainable, and are economically viable.
Green Fleet Plan 2014-2018 (“Consolidated Plan”) is reportedly the product of cooperation between the five major City Fleets. Three of the five fleets (“City Fleets”) are managed by City of Toronto Divisions: Fleet Services Division (“Centrally-Managed Fleet”), Emergency Medical Services (EMS) and Toronto Fire Services (TFS).
City Agencies: Toronto Police Service (TPS) and Toronto Transit Commission (TTC), according to official reports, are responsible for managing other two of the five fleets.
Input from each of the five major City Fleets were reportedly taken for the design of this plan -- which aims to protect the environment and public’s investment in the City -- to ensure a cost-effective action plan for the next five years.
The Consolidated Plan reportedly focuses on emissions from the operation of almost 10,000 on-road and off-road vehicles and equipment owned and operated by the City of Toronto -- Canada's largest city, the fourth largest in North America -- a global centre for business, finance, arts and culture and is consistently, home to a diverse population of about 2.8 million people, and ranked one of the world's most livable cities In 2017.
(Reporting by Asha Bajaj)