Clarington adds to its EV fleet with seven new electric vehicles

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Published July 7, 2022 at 2:15 pm

Councillors Joe Neal (left), Corinna Traill, Margaret Zwart, Janice Jones, and Ron Hooper stand with Clarington’s new light-duty EV fleet.

Clarington has added to its growing green fleet by adding seven new EVs to its light duty fleet and eight charging stations for corporate and public use as it continues to take action to reduce corporate carbon emissions.

The new EVs is a key step in Clarington’s Five-Year Electric Vehicle Action Plan (EVAP). Which calls for the future transition of the municipal fleet to zero-emissions electric vehicles and for the replacement of Clarington’s light-duty fleet vehicles by 2026, as existing fleet vehicles reach the end of their service life.

The five-year plan will also guide the expansion of the EV charging network to include 60 charging points across the Municipality by the end of 2026 to support the municipal fleet and public vehicles.

“Each new EV charging point is a welcome addition to the community as more people switch to electric and hybrid vehicles in the years to come,” said Clarington’s Energy and Climate Change Response Coordinator Doran Hoge. “The Federal Government set a target to have all passenger vehicles sold in Canada be zero emissions by 2035. We must ensure that Clarington has the infrastructure to support this important goal and continue our efforts to respond to climate change.”

The eight new charging stations are located at Garnet B. Rickard Recreation Complex in Bowmanville. The charging points are available for public use during the day and will charge Clarington’s EV fleet at night. The Municipality has a total of 10 electric vehicles currently in use by various departments.

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