On 12 October 2021, Council approved the formation of an Ad Hoc Committee to look at how the Town could transition to zero emission vehicles. It would be a sub-committee of the Transportation Advisory Committee. It took until 16 May 2022 for the terms of reference to be approved and then the committee presented their report to Council on 3 October 2022. Chair Randy Curtis presented a summary of the 50 page report including recommendations. The committee looked at hybrids, hydrogen powered and battery electric vehicles (BEV) and decided on BEVs. The committee’s decision was based on cost and lifetime greenhouse gas emissions. The report also addresses many of the concerns about BEVs such as recycling batteries, resource limitations and impact on the grid.
It’s not just cars and pickups that would be electric: Firetrucks, Police “interceptors”, Transit buses, snow clearing vehicles etc – in fact all vehicles currently using Internal Combustion Engines (ICE).
- Join the Clean Air Council. The Clean Air Council is a forum for local Council members to inform upper levels of government of concerns on environmental and energy issues and finding funds for municipal pilot projects.
- Begin a pilot project to start electrifying the Town of Cobourg fleet vehicles beginning with the vehicles most easily replaced such as passenger sedans, SUVs and pick up trucks.
- Pursue all funding programs for BEVs and Charging options for municipal fleet electrification
- Direct staff to develop an aggressive policy plan supported and led by the new procurement department to deploy BEVs across the Town’s fleets.
- Place orders in advance for BEVs after detailed analysis is completed in order to have vehicles in the pipeline.
Randy estimated that going with BEVs in the Works department alone, the savings over 8 years would be approx. $800K.
Councillor Brian Darling moved a delegation action that the report be referred to the CAO and staff for consideration. His motion passed. Action is expected in the next Council.
Although the report is long, it is a thorough and comprehensive analysis of the issues and is worth a read. Not only that, it was done by an advisory committee and did not involve a consultant.