Evidence of meeting #42 for Transport, Infrastructure and Communities in the 41st Parliament, 1st Session. (The original version is on Parliament’s site, as are the minutes.) The winning word was vehicles.

A recording is available from Parliament.

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9:50 a.m.

NDP

Mike Sullivan York South—Weston, ON

—transit vans. Is there a price on those that's 300%?

9:50 a.m.

Director, Fleet Management, Canada Post Corporation

Steve Clark

Yes, it's roughly the same. I believe the Ford Transit Connect—I'm not sure what its market price is, but it's somewhere around $65,000 for us.

9:50 a.m.

NDP

Mike Sullivan York South—Weston, ON

For each vehicle?

9:50 a.m.

Director, Fleet Management, Canada Post Corporation

Steve Clark

Pretty much.

9:50 a.m.

NDP

Mike Sullivan York South—Weston, ON

And electric would be?

9:50 a.m.

Director, Fleet Management, Canada Post Corporation

Steve Clark

No, that's electric.

9:50 a.m.

NDP

Mike Sullivan York South—Weston, ON

That's an electric vehicle? So it's not $150,000.

9:50 a.m.

Director, Fleet Management, Canada Post Corporation

Steve Clark

No, no, that's the eStar, the larger truck.

9:50 a.m.

NDP

Mike Sullivan York South—Weston, ON

Right. Okay.

I believe Ms. Chow has a question for you as well.

9:50 a.m.

NDP

Olivia Chow Trinity—Spadina, ON

When shops are all consolidated, drivers have to come downtown, in my case; and then, because traffic is pretty jammed up, they get traffic tickets and they are idling a whole lot, which means that more fuel is used.

Have you calculated the impact of consolidation on fuel use and the cost of parking tickets, etc.?

9:50 a.m.

Director, Fleet Management, Canada Post Corporation

Steve Clark

I have to say that I'm really not able to answer that and I haven't calculated those things.

9:50 a.m.

Conservative

The Chair Merv Tweed

Thank you.

Mr. Holder.

June 7th, 2012 / 9:50 a.m.

Conservative

Ed Holder London West, ON

Thank you, Chair.

I'd like to thank our guests, as well, for attending this morning.

Mr. Clark, you made reference to a couple of places across Canada where you have sites where you fuel your vehicles. You mentioned London being one of those sites.

How many vehicles in my community, if I may ask, work on autogas?

9:50 a.m.

Director, Fleet Management, Canada Post Corporation

Steve Clark

Actually, in London, Waterman Avenue depot 5 is the only facility in Canada right now that has natural gas equipped vehicles. We have 10 Ford Transit Connect vehicles in London. We selected that location because it was used a number of years ago for natural gas experimentation as well. So it was easier for us to adopt and add fuel facilities in that location. So you have 10 vehicles.

9:50 a.m.

Conservative

Ed Holder London West, ON

I'm curious about the following. The question was asked earlier if you would move towards a 100% implementation of one fuel supply. You said you did not want to put all your eggs in one basket. It wasn't all that long ago that gasoline was the only option that we had—and that was all our eggs in one basket.

My question to you, though, is this. If this fuel source works so well for the vehicles where you have made the conversion, why wouldn't you do that?