The Quebec cities of Beaconsfield, Nicolet, Plessisville, and Varennes are taking part in a project to study the electrification of municipal trucks and specialized transport (PéCTS). Led by the Société d'innovation en environnement and YHC Environnement, the four cities will undertake a feasibility study to evaluate the technical and financial considerations for the electrification of the municipal fleet.

The PéCTS project will develop solutions to convert trucks to use electric power or some of their components to achieve a reduction of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions of at least 20% and to lessen the environmental impacts of transportation.

In addition to GHG reduction in the identification of solutions, the targeted benefits of this study include the reduction of energy expenditure, the optimization of the management of the municipal trucks, the development of new regional expertise in the field of electrification of transport, and modernization of the vehicles of the municipal fleet.

"Municipalities play a central role in climate protection because they have a direct or indirect impact on almost half of Canada's GHG emissions," said Georges Bourelle, Beaconsfield's mayor. "For Beaconsfield, there is no doubt that the environment is an important issue and it is obvious to encourage the development of technological solutions aimed at reducing the ecological footprint of transportation."

The PéCTS project is funded by the Municipalities for Climate Innovation program of the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM). The FCM contributed $95,440 for the study component of this project.

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