As part of the organization’s commitment to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions within corporate operations, the Capital Regional District (CRD) is undertaking a Zero Emissions Fleet Initiative (ZEFI), within its vehicle fleet.
CRD has successfully applied to the Green Municipal Fund for this initiative, and has also received support thorough the BC Ministry of Energy Mines and Petroleum Resources, and the BC Fleet Champions Program.
Over a 3-year period, in partnership with researchers at the Institute for Integrated Energy Systems at the University of Victoria, CRD will work to reduce GHG emissions in the CRD fleet by:
- Conducting a smart fleet analysis to develop a suite of tools for fleet optimization;
- Conducting a field trial of six fuel cell electric vehicles (FCEVs);
- Testing and comparing the use of other zero emissions alternatives, including battery electric vehicles (BEV) and electric bikes (E-bikes) where operationally appropriate; and
- Investigating opportunities to use electric vehicles as an emergency power source.
In addition to tangible GHG reductions from the CRD fleet, outcomes of the project will include rigorous evidence- based comparative data on zero emissions vehicles in a fleet context; knowledge mobilization and experience for successful transition to zero emissions fleets; and new applied research findings for optimizing Smart Fleets.
Fuel Cell Electric Vehicles
The CRD is working with partners including Industry, the Institute for Integrated Energy Systems at UVic and the BC Ministry of Energy and Mines to pilot fuel cell electric vehicles.
FCEVs are zero-emission vehicles that reduce GHG inventory and tailpipe emissions by 100% compared to their conventional counterparts. These vehicles produce power through an electrochemical process combining hydrogen and oxygen atoms in a fuel cell stack. The resulting electricity is then applied to a small electric motor that powers the vehicle.
Hydrogen Fuelling Infrastructure
In late 2016, the CRD Board directed staff to provide letters of support to industry and senior government agencies for the development of hydrogen fuelling infrastructure that is industry owned and operated, publicly accessible, and funded through industry and/or senior levels of government.
A hydrogen fuelling station that is accessible to the CRD, residents, businesses and others across the region, and minimizes embodied GHG emissions (included in production and transport of hydrogen), would enable the CRD to test hydrogen-fuel vehicles within its fleet and would promote their use across the community.