Green technology vehicles mulled for 2 N.S. municipalities
Research to consider whether buying hybrid or electric vehicles makes the most sense
An environmental group is going to help two municipalities determine which green technology vehicles might be worth adding to their fleets.
The plan is to look at what kinds of vehicles the municipality needs, then recommend whether buying a hybrid or electric makes the most sense.
The municipalities haven't been chosen yet, but the Clean Foundation hopes it can get to work this fall.
By putting vehicle use under the microscope, researchers are hoping to prove that municipalities can save money by investing in trucks that use alternative fuels.
"Hopefully after the project is done we can show and demonstrate it does work and it can be proven that moving into the future we can use these technologies in a very successful way," said Chris Morrissey, the Clean Foundation's executive director.
The provincial government is helping to fund the work.
Energy Minister Andrew Younger admits Nova Scotia's hybrid and electric vehicle adoption rate should be well ahead of where it is now. He said this is a modest project but he's hoping it spurs municipalities to go greener.
Who will pay for the more expensive vehicles is unclear.
"If they decide that we need 200 electric vehicles between all the municipalities, we can look at assisting them in bulk tendering. So there are ways that we can help, whether that involves having to provide money in the future, we'll see, but it may not actually require money to do that," said Younger.
He said this pilot project could also be expanded to others municipalities, if there's a need.