MONTRÉAL, May 31, 2018 /CNW Telbec/ - Aéroports de Montréal (ADM) is proud to have been handed the keys to its first light truck, converted into an electric vehicle by Ecotuned Automobile, as part of the Ride & Drive event organized by the Government of Québec. This initiative is part of a broader sustainable transportation and transport electrification action plan aimed at making ADM an innovative change agent in the fight against climate change and the reduction of greenhouse gases (GHGs).
- This new 100% electric vehicle will be used daily to travel around the area, inspect runways and supervise outdoor work teams during specific activities, including snow removal.
- With a lifespan of one million kilometres, the reusable electric drive system installed in this light truck will lower GHGs by up to 9 tonnes annually.
- Significant savings are also expected for ADM in the vehicle's operating (80%) and maintenance (50%) costs.
- The innovative patented technology used in this conversion and created by Ecotuned, a local company, accelerates the electrification of the vehicle fleet and reduces the greenhouse gases (GHGs) associated with fuel combustion and the scrapping and production of new trucks.
In recent months, ADM has put in place various actions to improve its environmental record:
- Since November 2017, 70% of the fleet of 365 taxis operating at Montréal-Trudeau has been composed of hybrid vehicles, resulting in a reduction of nearly 8,700 tonnes of CO2, equivalent to taking 2,630 cars off the road.
- ADM has significantly increased the number of charging stations on its site. By the fall of 2018, 56 terminals will be made available to users, doubling the 28 currently in service.
- In the summer of 2018, ADM will add an eco-bus to its vehicle fleet to transport passengers to remote parking lots.
"Sustainable development has become an essential condition for the success of organizations and Aéroports de Montréal is committed to this new reality. In this regard, ADM's commitment is resulting in concrete actions. In 2017, we invested more than $2.8 million in environmental protection projects which, like this initiative, are making a difference in our day-to-day operations," said Martin Massé, Vice President, Public Affairs, ADM.
"We are pleased to count ADM among the top 10 companies participating in our project to convert polluting trucks into electric vehicles. The technology that we have developed is unique in the world and combines economic profitability, technological innovation and environmental protection efforts. This contributes to sustainable development in the field of automotive transport," said Andy Ta , President of Ecotuned.
About Aéroports de Montréal
Aéroports de Montréal is the airport authority for the Greater Montréal area responsible for the management, operation and development of Montréal-Trudeau International Airport and of the Mirabel aeronautic and industrial park. The corporation employs 625 people.
About Ecotuned Automobile
Established in 2011, Ecotuned Automobile specializes in the electric conversion of light and medium trucks with a patented technology that is unique on the market. The company will soon begin production at its new plant in Varennes.
SOURCE Aéroports de Montréal
For further information: Aéroports de Montréal, Public Affairs, T: 514 394-7304, C: [email protected]