Hybrid buy is applauded

BC Hydro employee congratulates the city of Terrace on what it calls a smart purchase.

Dear Sir:

The conversion cost for the Toyota Prius hybrid to a plug-in hybrid,  that the City of Terrace has purchased, was in fact closer to $10,000, not $30,000 as reported in your issue of Nov. 23.

The car was an existing BC Hydro fleet vehicle and after our own testing of the vehicle, it was lent to Terrace for a year. After the test period, the city decided to keep the car. BC Hydro sold the car to the City at its depreciated book value.

BC Hydro is a supporter of both conservation and sustainability. One part of that is learning to use energy and all other resources wisely.

As our transportation sector currently accounts for 38 per cent of all provincial greenhouse gas emissions, the study and understanding of electric vehicles is an important initiative.

Given BC’s receptive consumer market and provincial policy environment, B.C. is expected to have one of the highest electric vehicle adoption rates in North America.

We applaud the City of Terrace for their forward thinking.

Mark Dubois-Phillips,

Senior Manager, Technology &

Development,

BC Hydro

 

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