The City of Leduc has become the first municipality in Alberta to cash in on a new $4.6-million provincial rebate program designed to encourage the purchase of greener vehicles.
Earlier this month, the city took delivery of a Chevrolet Volt plug-in hybrid and received an $8,000 rebate from the Municipal Climate Change Action Centre (MCCAC). The centre's Electric Vehicles for Municipalities Program program, which launched in March, helps Alberta municipalities transition their fleet vehicles towards more fuel-efficient ones, such as battery electric vehicles (BEVs) and plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEVs).
The MCCAC was established in 2009 as a joint initiative between the Government of Alberta, the Alberta Urban Municipalities Association, and Rural Municipalities of Alberta.
“Municipalities’ fleet vehicles have high operating costs and can significantly benefit from increased energy efficiency,” MCCAC said in a statement. “Increasing electric vehicle adoption through the program will demonstrate the benefits of this technology and spread awareness of electric transportation in Alberta communities.”
Leduc Mayor Bob Young in a Facebook post called the purchase “a great addition to the Leduc engineering fleet” and said the vehicle would be charged by electricity generated from city-owned solar panels.