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February 18, 2010
Toronto’s fleet leads the way on hybrids
The City of Toronto has taken delivery of five hybrid cube vans (Ford E450 model) to become the first municipality in Canada to utilize the gasoline-electric drive system developed by Azure Dynamics - a Canadian company. The E450 vans will be used by Toronto Parks, Forestry & Recreation and Solid Waste Management Services in their every day operations.

With the addition of these vans to the fleet, the City continues its commitment to reducing the fleet’s environmental impact by reducing fuel use, fuel costs, emissions of greenhouse gases and smog-causing pollutants.

Similar to full hybrid cars already in Toronto’s fleet, the cube van employs regenerative braking and an idle shut-off feature in Azure’s BalanceTM Hybrid Electric system that allows it to switch between pure electric and gasoline-electric modes to maximize fuel economy.

“Medium and heavy-duty trucks are a priority for us as part of our Green Fleet Plan now that the light-duty fleet has been transitioned to hybrids and ultra fuel-efficient models,” said Gerry Pietschmann, the City’s Fleet Services director.

By implementing the Green Fleet Plan, the City is expected to reduce carbon dioxide emissions from the central vehicle fleet by approximately 15,000 tonnes, or 11 per cent.

More information about Toronto’s Green Fleet or Green Fleet Plan is available at

For more information about Azure Dynamics, visit

Toronto is Canada's largest city and sixth largest government, and home to a diverse population of about 2.6 million people. It is the economic engine of Canada and one of the greenest and most creative cities in North America. Toronto has won numerous awards for quality, innovation and efficiency in delivering public services. Toronto's government is dedicated to prosperity, opportunity and liveability for all its residents. For information about non-emergency City services and programs, Toronto residents, businesses and visitors can dial 311, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Media contacts:
Cindy Bromley, Finance and Administration Communications Manager, 416-392-4993,
Drew Shintani, Fleet Services, 416-338-2154,



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