KITCHENER - The City of Kitchener continues its commitment towards lowering greenhouse gas emissions by adding two new fully electric vehicles. They will be used by staff to perform building inspections while lowering pollution.

The addition of these vehicles brings the City’s total electric and hybrid fleet to 19, which services many city operations such as Kitchener Fire, Kitchener Utilities, parks and more. More electric and hybrid vehicles will be added in the future.

 In 2021, more electric vehicle charging stations will be also be available throughout the city. Charging stations in parking garages at city hall, civic district and the Kitchener Market, as well as at the Aud and at Francis and Joseph streets will be installed for the public and staff to use.

Electrifying the City’s fleet and equipment where feasible is an important part in reducing emissions, fuel consumption and maintenance costs, while improving air quality for staff members and the community where staff work.

The City continues to proactively find sustainable and efficient ways to deliver programs and services to the community. Idling bylaws and policies, anti-idling technology, fleet optimization, alternative fuel options and driver behaviour are innovative solutions staff are exploring to achieve a more sustainable city.

For more information about the City of Kitchener’s plan to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, visit www.kitchener.ca/ClimateActionPlan