Improving Fleet Efficiency
YVR has a comprehensive Fleet Management Plan that we update annually to reflect priorities and purchasing. In 2017, we retired six vehicles while commissioning 25 new vehicles, seven of which are electric. YVR now has 14 electric fleet vehicles.
In addition to regular fleet vehicle replacements, we also purchased 13 new vehicles for dedicated use for Remote Stand Operations (RSO). These vehicles included six new non-road vehicles and seven buses, one of which is fully electric. The electric bus is an apron bus and the first of its kind in North America.
In 2016, we launched our Fleet Bicycle Program, which provides six common-use bikes for a zero-emission alternative to using fleet vehicles. In 2017, YVR employees working at three different locations were able to use fleet bikes to transport them between meetings, with trips recorded totaling 39 hours.
YVR has used a five per cent blend of biodiesel for fleet vehicles since 2007. The amount of fuel we have consumed has decreased since 2012 levels, from 481,375 litres in 2012 to 403,598 litres in 2017. This is partly due to right-sizing and electrification and also to the six hybrid diesel buses that replaced existing buses in 2016. In total, we consumed 158,733 litres of gasoline and 244,865 litres of biodiesel, a decrease of one per cent and 10 per cent, respectively, over 2016.