Montreal Reduces Their Carbon Footprint by Adding 100 Nissan LEAFs to their Municipal Fleet
Montreal is going green courtesy of the 2018 Nissan LEAF. Montreal will get 100 brand new 2018 Nissan LEAFs to be added to the city’s municipal fleet.
City officials are expecting delivery of the electric cars within the next few weeks. This will bring Montreal’s total of electric vehicles to include more than 200 first and second-generation Nissan LEAFs. The fleet is used for various tasks within the city, but they are most commonly utilized for inspection services or public services such as landscaping, urban development/planning and architectural planning.
Back in 2015, Montreal made a commitment to citizens to reduce their greenhouse emissions by 30 percent by 2020 compared to their 1990 emissions.
“One of the most important means of combating greenhouse gas emissions includes the electrification of part of the vehicle fleet, and we take this top priority very seriously,” Montreal Mayor Valérie Plante said in a statement.
Over the course of the last couple of years, the amount of electric vehicles in Montreal’s fleet has increased dramatically. Back in 2015 the city only had 18 fully electric vehicle’s in commission and by the end of this year, they are planning on having 230 on the road.
Quebec has been a hotbed for electric vehicle sales, with an estimated 50 percent of Nissan LEAF sales happening in the province. This trend is supported by the fact that the Quebec government offers up to $3,000 in incentives on new electric vehicle purchases. The province also requires that automakers must have 3.5 of their sales comprised of a zero-emissions vehicle. Automakers sold 7,194 electric vehicles in 2017, this was a 44 percent increase from the previous year. Much of this increase is due to the popularity of the Nissan LEAF is in the province. Ontario sold a greater number of electric vehicles, but 2.2 percent of Quebec car sales were electric, making it the highest percentage in the country.
Montreal was attracted to the LEAF’s new battery that boosts the electric car’s range to 241 km on a full charge. The 2018 LEAF is also loaded with innovative features such as Nissan’s ProPilot Assist which provides autonomous driving functionality, we well as the all-new e-Pedal technology that turns one pedal into a combined accelerator and brake.
At Kingston Nissan, we take a lot of pride in better green and we work hard to reduce our carbon footprint. We have a great selection of Nissan LEAFs and our experienced team will be more than happy to walk you through all the features of the Nissan LEAF. Not only do we have electric vehicles in stock, we also have a charging station on site.
It’s refreshing to see a world-class city such as Montreal convert their fleet of cars to electric and we’re hoping that many other cities across the nation follow their lead.