With the help of the Municipal Climate Change Action Centre (MCCAC) grant for Municipal Electric Vehicles (EV), the Town’s parks team is now caring for many of the Town’s green spaces with the addition of its first fully electric Greenworks ride-on lawn mower.
“The grant will refund 30% of the pre-tax purchase price, which makes it comparable in price to a gas powered mower”, said parks manager Christa Michailuck. “The lawn mower is so much quieter to operate than a gas mower and is more environmentally-friendly, which aligns with our sustainable corporate initiatives.”
Purchasing low-emissions vehicles and equipment for the Town’s fleet is one of the strategies in Okotoks’ Climate Action Plan.
“Not only does the new mower reduce the overall greenhouse gas emissions by about 50% compared to its gasoline-powered equivalent, but incorporating electric vehicles into the Town’s fleet as grant opportunities like this arise, also helps normalize electric vehicle use in the larger community,” added Michailuck.
The MCCAC grant program provides funding for electric vehicles to assist municipalities in Alberta transition fleet vehicles towards more fuel-efficient options, such as battery electric vehicles and plug-in hybrid electric vehicles.