City unveils new electric car

The City of Prince George’s new electric car was unveiled Saturday in a showcase at the Prince George Farmers Market at 1310 3rd Avenue. City of Prince George photo
The City of Prince George’s new electric car was unveiled Saturday in a showcase at the Prince George Farmers Market at 1310 3rd Avenue. City of Prince George photo

The City of Prince George’s new electric car was unveiled Saturday at the Electric Car Showcase at the Prince George Farmers Market.

The Chevy Bolt joined the city’s vehicle inventory this past June and is  part of  Council’s key corporate strategies relating to improving air quality and the environment.

The City of Prince George is the first local government in B.C. to operate a Bolt in its fleet. The car is used as an educational showpiece at events like the Clean Air Forum and for day-to-day in-town driving. Another electric vehicle, a Nissan Leaf, is currently shared between the City of Prince George, the Regional District of Fraser-Fort George, Northern Health, and UNBC.

The Bolt is expected to save the city approximately 5,000 litres of gas and 11.8 tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalents (tCO2e) in its anticipated seven-year lifespan before it is scheduled for replacement. According to a recent Fraser Basin Council report, electric vehicles have the potential to significantly reduce greenhouse gas emissions and local air pollutants. Compared to conventional vehicles, electric cars create negligible tailpipe emissions.

The new addition represents a step forward in Prince George’s commitment to the West Coast Electric Fleets Pledge to advance and expand zero-emission vehicle (ZEV) use.

The City of Prince George joined the initiative in December 2016 and has committed to evaluating zero-emission vehicles as part of all fleet purchases and to re-visiting the pledge annually to consider a higher commitment to ZEV purchases.