An exciting new initiative is underway in Quebec City with the introduction of two electric vehicles (EVs) to our fleet this month, making us the first media company in the region and the CBC/Radio-Canada station in the country to have zero emission vehicles.
What are EVs?
Powered by a rechargeable lithium-ion battery, the 100% electric 2016 Nissan Leaf joins our 2011 Ford Escape hybrids in Quebec City, Toronto and Charlottetown.
The Quebec City hybrids
Used as a patrol vehicle, travelling around the city covering news stories, the Quebec City hybrid amassed over 310,000 km over the course of the last 5 years. Compared to other non-hybrid Ford Escapes used in Quebec City, the hybrid ran with a fuel consumption of $0.03/km less, for a savings of $9,300 over the lifespan of the vehicle at 310,000 km. On average, the non-hybrids Escapes travel 1,080 km/month, whereas the hybrid travelled approximately 5,636 km per month. It is clear that the return on investment for the use of these vehicles is heavily based on high usage and thus high mileage.
The key to the successful management of this program is all thanks to our drivers and the team responsible for the maintenance program. Working together, they extracted all the benefits the hybrid had to offer from a cost saving and environmental perspective.
This textbook approach will be used in the operation of the new electric Nissan Leaf, which is intended to be used in the similar capacity as the hybrid Escape. In addition to the introduction of the EVs, charging stations are being installed on-site. These exciting initiatives build upon our ongoing efforts to green our fleet.
We are proud to introduce the Leaf to our fleet roster. Congratulations to Mario Gionet, Andre Duchesneau and Andre Fortin for their work in implementing these vehicles in Quebec City.
For more on how CBC/Radio-Canada continues to be environmental conscious and sustainable, check out our annual Environmental Performance Report. The edition for 2015-2016 is scheduled for release in November.
– Athena Trastelis, Senior Manager, Environment, CBC/Radio-Canada