The City of Summerside is moving ahead with a plan to decrease its carbon footprint while at the same time making better use of its wind-generated power.
The city has called for requests for information to engage a qualified consultant to provide information on an electrical vehicle car share fleet management service.
The request will assess the city’s resources and readiness and provide civic officials with the ins and outs of car share and fleet management
The city hopes to extend this program to include its own fleet of vehicles as well as a public car share program for Summerside.
Summerside Chief Administrative Officer Bob Ashley said this is only a request for information and does not involve any expenditures at this point in time. Any costs that could result would only come if the city believes the program is feasible.
There are operations across the country that have fleets of vehicles positioned in various parts of the city where people can reserve those cars through a membership program. They can reserve the vehicles online or by telephone.
One unique point of the city’s plan, is integrating the electric vehicles with the city’s grid, trying to find ways to monitor the vehicles and use the vehicles in more ways than just simply as vehicles.
It is a unique idea and one that is worth pursuing.
One of the issues that the city has faced with its wind energy generation is the inability to store power that was produced but not required for use, the same as a back up generator. The use of energy storing vehicles could eliminate any need for a gas operated back-up generator, lessening the city’s dependence on fossil fuels.
With these E-cars, the vehicles could be used as storage of power that in turn could be fed back into the city’s electrical system if and when needed. Assuming the technology to do so is available.
The city had the foresight to install car charging stations in the parking lot at Credit Union Place where vehicles could be charged and there are others within the city also.
The idea is different. It’s conceptual, forward thinking, and certainly worth exploring.