Saanich shopping for electric vehicles

Saanich council approved staff’s recommendation of spending $120,000 to buy four 2016 electric Ford Focus vehicles

  • Nov. 5, 2015 5:00 p.m.

Saanich took a step closer to adding a series of electric vehicles in a joint purchase with Victoria last week.

Saanich council approved staff’s recommendation of spending $120,000 to buy four 2016 electric Ford Focus models from Suburban Motors (Ford).

The joint purchasing group is adding a total of 13 units in 2015, four for Saanich and nine for Victoria. The timing of the purchases takes advantage of B.C.’s Clean Energy Vehicle incentive of $5,000 per car (available until March 31, 2018) and an added rebate of $3,250 for each of the two fossil fuel-burning cars Saanich is scrapping through the B.C. Scrap-It program.

Saanich council also approved another $400,000 to add additional units through its Capital Equipment Replacement plan, seven and six electric vehicles in 2017 and 2019 respectively.

The RFP for electric vehicles went out to Suburban Motors, Campus Nissan, Metro Motors and Graham Kia Victoria.

Saanich is not bound to purchase all the vehicles but will likely follow through with the initial four it has planned.

 

reporter@saanichnews.com

 

 

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