City of Regina Powers Up First Electric Truck
The City of Regina is excited to announce its vehicle fleet has been struck by lightning. A Ford F-150 Lightning is the first electric truck to roll into service as part of City operations.
“Introducing the first electric truck to our fleet is a necessary step in reducing emissions and working towards our goal of becoming a net-zero city by 2050,” says Mayor Sandra Masters. “We will continue to look at the various opportunities we have to increase sustainability within city operations as we work towards a Renewable Regina.”
The F-150 Lightning will be used in the Roadways Department. While the new electric truck is in use, we will gather vehicle usage data to learn more about the impact a fully electric fleet could have on our operations.
More electric vehicles are on the way. The transition to electric City buses is scheduled to begin in 2024. By 2035, in line with new federal regulations, all light-duty City vehicles purchased will be electric. For medium-duty and heavy-duty trucks, the City will explore options including electric, hydrogen-fueled and using renewable diesel as a transition fuel.
“As the City focuses on the Renewable Regina goal, we will continue to evolve our operations to reduce environmental impact and prioritize services for residents,” says Kim Onrait, Executive Director of Citizen Services. “This electric truck is one of many initiatives to reduce vehicle emissions and build a greener fleet. In addition, the City is transitioning to electric ice re-surfacers and establishing charging infrastructure to support a fully electric vehicle fleet including electric buses in the future.”
October 10-16 marks the second week of Circular Economy Month during which we recognize the environmental benefits of reducing carbon emissions, conserving water and embracing reuse. The City encourages organizations and individuals to participate in all these actions.
As a result of the City’s Efficiency Review, 26 vehicles were identified for salvage and removed from the City fleet. It is estimated that approximately 25,000 less litres of fuel will be used annually resulting in 55 tonnes fewer carbon emissions.
The City of Regina is excited to lead the community in transitioning to a sustainable future.
Visit www.regina.ca/renewable to learn more about Renewable Regina 2050.