Mayor Jon Lefebure with one of two electric vehicles recently added to North Cowichan’s fleet.

Electric cars cut emissions

Municipality of North Cowichan adds new vehicles to its fleet

Electric cars cut emissions at North Cowichan

Sometimes a score of zero means you’re doing your absolute best.

And that’s the score the Municipality of North Cowichan is achieving with its addition of two zero-emission battery electric vehicles to its fleet.

They are key milestones in the municipality’s goal of reducing greenhouse gas emissions by one-third between 2007 and 2025, which includes transitioning its fleet to electrics.

“Council is committed to showing leadership on climate change by reducing emissions and improving our resiliency in the face of change” said Mayor Jon Lefebure.

“We’re happy to welcome these two new additions to the fleet and applaud staff for their commitment to reducing our corporate energy footprint.”

Battery electric vehicles run on electricity only and emit no tailpipe pollutants. Basing its figures on a recent City of Victoria study, North Cowichan estimates the two electrics will save nearly $6,000 in energy costs and 14 tonnes of carbon emissions over lifetime of the vehicles.

The Municipality also expects to save about $8,000 in maintenance costs per vehicle over a 10-year period.

For more on North Cowichan’s action plan by doing a search for “Climate Change & Energy Efficiency” at northcowichan.ca.