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Thursday, February 22, 2018

Electric Vehicles Not Practical For Most Huron County Vehicles

Huron County | by Fadi Didi  

Public Works director says most fleet vehicles are larger trucks, little room for electric.

Huron County vehicles won't be going fully electric anytime soon.

County Engineer and Director of Operations, Steve Lund, says the majority of the upper tier's fleet is comprised of tandem and pickup trucks, along with snow plows and salt trucks.

With such heavy jobs for these machines, Lund says there is little room for the county to make a meaningful switch to electric vehicles.

That does not mean efficiencies are not being sought.

Lund says county staff attend trade shows and correspond with public works sectors across Ontario to get a sense for efficient practices.

With longer highways making up much of Huron County's roadways, Lund tells us the current fleet is having a bigger impact on fuel economy.

He says a report is currently in the works on how the county's fleet can become more fuel efficient.

That report will be presented to Huron County council at a later date.

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