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Clean Fleet Initiative

plug in hybrid rubbish packers

Public Works continues to introduce advanced vehicle technologies into its fleet in order to reduce reliance on fossil fuels and transition to clean energy. Upcoming equipment budget includes several electric or hybrid options for large trucks as well as small vehicles. The new vehicles will supplement the recently purchased Ford all-electric cargo van and two plug-in hybrid inspector/snow operations vehicles along with five fully electric Nissan Leafs and three plug-in hybrid rubbish trucks already in the fleet. Public Works also uses B20 biodiesel sourced from regional waste oil products in the vehicles that fuel up at its yard.

On February 21, 2023, the City issued a citywide Clean Fleet Policy to accelerate the transition to electric vehicles. The policy contains greenhouse gas emission targets, acquisition guidelines and a plan for the installation of charging stations and electrical infrastructure. While working to accelerate the adoption of electric vehicles, the policy also ensures that vehicles will be able to perform the necessary functions such as 24/7 snow operations, have repair shop capability in the Boston region and have charging infrastructure available.

View the full Clean Fleet Policy here

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