Electric vehicle rebate among staff proposals to speed up Toronto’s target to become a carbon neutral city are part of the city’s wider strategy to tackle greenhouse gas emissions.
A report issued Friday by the City of Toronto suggests the city will spend $1.75 billion to purchase electric vehicles and plug-in hybrid electric vehicles by 2033.
The proposal came as part of the City of Toronto’s Green Budget Strategy.
“If we want to transition the City to a climate-friendly city in a meaningful way, we’re going to need a lot of electrified vehicles,” Staff Sgt. Dean Tukul, head of Toronto’s environment and sustainability division, told reporters on Friday.
The City of Toronto’s Green Budget Strategy.
“But we’re starting with the right kind of electric vehicles. They’re the right kind of vehicles,” he said.
“We’re not trying to find the ideal electric vehicle or the best available electric vehicle. We’re trying to find the vehicles that are the right types to be used in the City.”
The city will spend $1.75 billion by 2033 to purchase electric vehicles and plug-in hybrid electric vehicles.
Tukul said Toronto is not the only municipality in Canada and the world to have adopted climate change policies.
“What we’re saying here is a city that’s looking at climate change, what are their options? They can be very ambitious in their goals, in terms of energy-efficient initiatives, in terms of energy-from-waste initiatives,” he said.
“So we’re using the opportunity we have now — we have a mandate here to do very ambitious things and the opportunity we have now to be very visionary in what our city is doing and what we’re doing and how we’re doing it.”
Tukul said the city wants to get a fleet of about 300 all-electric vehicles to the City before 2030.
But he said it’s not just about having a fleet of electric vehicles.
“We’re looking at all options and that means not just having an electric fleet of cars. That means having electric buses, electric water delivery vehicles, electric snow plow vehicles. We want all