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The Town of Innisfail has added it’s first Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicle to it’s fleet!

Nov 23, 2023 | 0 comments

During the 2023 Budget deliberations, it was first proposed to Innisfail Town Council that a new vehicle was needed to replace the aging 2007 Ford Freestyle. A budget of $40,000 was set aside to purchase the new vehicle in 2023 in hopes that partnerships would be available. After some research, the Administration came across the Electric Vehicles for Municipalities grant available through The Municipal Climate Change Action Centre (MCCAC). The MCCAC is a partnership of Alberta Municipalities, the Rural Municipalities of Alberta, and the Government of Alberta. Funding for the Electric Vehicles for Municipalities Program is provided by the Government of Alberta.

A Request for Quotation was sent out on January 10, 2023 on the Alberta Purchasing Connection (APC) and closed on February 2, 2023. Three quotes for different vehicles were received, including quotes for a:

  • Ford Escape PHEV qualified for an MCCAC Grant of $7,000.00;
  • Toyota Rav4 Prime SE PHEV qualified for an MCCAC Grant of $14,000.00;
  • Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV qualified for a MCCAC Grant of $14,000.00

Out of the three quotes, the 2023 Toyota RAV4 Prime SE hybrid was identified as the best value.

When asked about the grant sizes at the February 13 Regular Meeting of Council Steven Kennedy, Director of Operations, said “The difference in the grant sizes is down to the battery size. That’s why those are different.” He also said, “The dealership has stated that there could be up to a one-year waiting period, but they have been getting a number of vehicles coming in where the customers have cancelled their orders, so we would get put on that list to be able to look at those units.” The purchase of the vehicle was approved during this meeting.  

This SUV is the first plug-in hybrid electric vehicle to join the Town’s fleet and was officially delivered in late September 2023.

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