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This month, the City of North Bend’s Public Works Department welcomed a long-awaited purchase: a 2023 Ford Electric Vehicle Lightning truck, with one more on the way.
A Washington State Department of Enterprise Services (DES) contract provided assistance in reviewing a variety of electric vehicles (EVs), with a proposal to City Council by staff in 2022. One EV will replace a 1990s city vehicle. A total of two EVs will expand Public Works’ mobility, while ensuring a decrease in fuel costs for the City.
Mayor McFarland and the Public Works team have been looking forward to the arrival of the trucks, and on December 28, the mayor had an opportunity to take a drive. “These EVs are another reflection of our city’s commitment to environmental stewardship,” said Mayor McFarland. “I hope this addition to our fleet serves as encouragement for more Valley communities to join in. Together, we can reduce air pollution and lower our use of greenhouse gases while also saving in future fuel costs.”
Council approved the purchase of the two EVs on April 5, 2022. Due to high demand and limited production parts, the vehicles were late in shipping. The City is currently awaiting shipment of the second truck, which is expected to arrive this winter.
Funding for the EVs comes from the Public Works Replacement Fund. Learn more about the motion authorizing the purchases of the two EVs by viewing the October 4, 2022 City Council Packet.