As part of the Electric Vehicle for Municipalities Program (EVM) the County of Red Deer has added two new plug-in hybrid Mitsubishi Outlanders to their fleet. The two PHEVs will be used by Protective Services within the County. The County received $28,000 in total for the two new vehicles.
This project was funded by the Government of Alberta.
With the MCCAC rebates the new PHEVs had only slightly greater purchase prices than comparable conventional internal combustion engine vehicles. The new PHEV Outlanders can be both plugged in and refueled with gasoline. This allows Protective Services to utilize the fully electric range on shorter trips, while also having peace of mind in knowing that the vehicle can utilize gasoline for longer trips. Operating the PHEVs in full electric mode will help reduce the operating costs.
The new PHEV Mitsubishi Outlander have several benefits compared to a traditional gasoline powered SUVs:
- Lower fuel costs – PHEVs are more efficient and are therefore cheaper to operate while in full electric mode.
- Environmentally friendly – PHEVs do not produce any GHG emission while operating in full electric mode.
- Quieter – PHEVs produce less noise while operating in full electric mode.
The purchase of the two new PHEVs is a great step towards reducing GHG emissions and promoting sustainability.
Grant funding from MCCAC allowed us to add to the Protective Services fleet for only slightly more than the cost to purchase one conventional gas-powered SUV. The operational costs of each PHEV are approximately 30% of the operating cost of a conventional gas-powered SUV and the hybrid engine ensures that our command units always have the ability to refuel when providing service across over 4,000 sq.km of Red Deer County; daily driving within 50 km of the office can be accomplished solely on electric power which greatly reduces the operating costs.Dave Brand, Director of Community and Protective