Jon Willing, Ottawa Citizen
City council’s transportation committee wants public works to buy more green vehicles, starting in 2017.
A public works “green fleet” report was on the committee’s table for approval Wednesday, but Rideau-Vanier Coun. Mathieu Fleury wanted assurances that hybrid and electric models would be considered over conventional gas vehicles.
The committee unanimously endorsed Fleury’s proposal requiring public works to buy hybrid or electric vehicles if they fit with a department’s operations and if suitable models are available. Fleury’s motion also calls for departments to say when they won’t buy green vehicles as part of their fleet programs prior to annual budgets.
Council has already committed $500,000 from the fleet reserve in each of 2016, 2017 and 2018 to support the city’s air quality and climate-change plan. Public works has a goal of reducing the number of fuel litres consumed per 100 kilometre by a total of eight per cent between 2012 and 2020.
The city has 59 hybrid or electric vehicles in service, including four ice-resurfacing machines. Nine aerial bucket trucks with hybrid technology are on order.