Can the Town’s fleet further electrify? Can electric school buses in Wellesley be a reality?
Anna Vanderspek – Electric Vehicle Program Director of the Green Energy Consumer Alliance – This non-profit’s “Drive Green” program includes an electric vehicle discount program and outreach to educate consumers interested in vehicle electrification. Several Wellesley EV owners will bring their EVs to the event and will also be on-hand to participate in an informal Q&A.
Benjamin Hartford – National Accounts Sales Representative of XL Fleet – This local company provides electrification solutions for Class 2-6 commercial and municipal vehicles. XL equipment improves vehicle fuel efficiency by 20% to 50%. Thousands of vehicles with XL technology have driven nearly 100 million cumulative miles. These vehicles have saved over one million gallons of fuel.
Kevin King, School Bus and Transit Sales Manager of Lion Electric – Several years ago, first generation Lion Electric school buses were part of a pilot in Concord, Amherst and Cambridge. Reports indicate that the latest generation of Lion’s product offerings have benefited from the lessons learned in these pilots. Given the cost of diesel fuel, the economic model for electric bus purchases can be more compelling than for other EVs. With these economics, the bus sector is going electric faster than any other.
Kevin Kennedy of our Facilities Management Department will provide an update regarding the progress of the Town Hall Annex project that would be the Town’s first truly Net-Zero Energy facility and a subject of the FY20 Annual Town Meeting in March.