Chelsea James was smiling and having a great time while she drove the District of Vanderhoof’s new electric Zamboni through Tim Hortons on a crisp winter morning in Vanderhoof Friday, Nov. 29.
There are very few things that can be more Canadian than that.
The district has invested in a $197,000 electric Zamboni, with $50,000 donated by Coastal GasLink towards the purchase and a $5,000 rebate received through Plug In B.C.
In an email response from the district, Megan Pinchin, communications coordinator, said the municipality has purchased a few electric vehicles over the past several years. “We believe by incorporating electric vehicles into our operations it is our way of adding to combating climate change and believe that as a municipality it is our responsibility to set an example.”
The older Zamboni had accumulated many hours of use. Council had discussed getting a new one last year as they did not want to be in a situation where the Vanderhoof Arena did not have an active ice-resurfacer.
Richard and Rashelle Martens, owners of the local Tim Hortons, said they were thankful that mayor and council had chosen their drive-thru to showcase the new vehicle.
“Rashelle and I are thankful to live and work in this great community and can’t wait to see the electric Zamboni in action at the Arena.”
Vanderhoof Mayor Gerry Thiessen was at the showcase event along with Coun. Ken Young, CAO Gerald Pinchbeck and other members of district staff.
Thiessen said the district wants to take proactive steps towards combating climate change, and having an electric Zamboni is one step. People have been requesting more electric charging stations in the community, and the district is working on getting that organized for Vanderhoof, he said.