The Canadian Province of British Columbia is adding up to 356 gasoline-electric hybrid vehicles to the government fleet.
Adding more hybrid vehicles to the government fleet is a practical and effective example of how we can use proven, existing technology to help improve air quality and meet our environmental goals. The greening of the provincial fleet is one more opportunity to show the world in 2010 that British Columbians are leaders in our commitment to sustainable transportation and providing a cleaner, healthier environment for generations to come.—Premier Gordon Campbell
This acquisition will result in a direct and immediate reduction in green house gases from fleet operations. Our goal is to have 30 per cent of our overall fleet made up of green vehicles in the next three years.—Management Services Minister Joyce Murray (at podium in photo)
Approximately 15% of the current provincial government fleet consists of green vehicles, including 45 gasoline-electric hybrids as well as natural gas and propane powered vehicles.
The additional hybrids will be used as part of the provincial fleet in communities across the province.
The Province also announced a tax break of $2,000 for British Columbians who buy hybrids. The benefit is now in effect, and will remain in place until March 31, 2008.