The City of Greater Sudbury has taken a leap forward in meeting its goal of electrifying 100 percent of the City’s fleet by 2035 with the purchase of four fully electric vehicles.
To be used by the Community Paramedic Program for scheduled appointments with residents in their homes, the purchase was made as a result of the Community Energy and Emissions Plan which was approved by Council in September 2020.
“Earth Day is an annual reminder of the importance of taking action to celebrate and protect our fragile earth – not just on April 22, but every day,” said Greater Sudbury Mayor Brian Bigger yesterday in a release. “Big or small, every action we take that can help reduce energy use, greenhouse gas emissions and our ecological footprint makes a difference. So although we can’t celebrate with friends and neighbours as we normally would, we can all still take our own steps toward making positive change for a brighter future and a net-zero Greater Sudbury.”
This purchase makes Greater Sudbury one of the first municipalities in Canada to add electric vehicles to its Paramedic Services fleet in an effort to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. The City also has three hybrid ambulances as part of its fleet, with another three to be delivered in the coming months.
“I did a lot of Google searching and, as far as I know, this is, at least, the first in Canada for an [electric] EMS vehicle,” says Devin Arthur, chapter president of the EV Society in Sudbury in an interview with Electric Autonomy Canada.
“I got nothing but excitement from the city. The overall benefits of an electric vehicle is something they are very excited about. Sudbury is a world-renowned city for its re-greening effort and I think we’ve being trying to envision how Sudbury can build on that. I’m really excited, obviously.”
The four electric vehicles have been confirmed by Arthur to be Tesla Model 3s according to Electric Autonomy Canada, and are expected to be on Sudbury roads by May 2021.