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Alternative Energy and Fuels


Fleets are considering ways to lower their carbon and smog-related emissions. Alternative fuels can be an option for many fleets to reduce both types of emissions, and in some cases, lower fuel costs.

Some fuels, such as biodiesel and ethanol blends, can be used in conventional combustion engines with no modifications to the engine or fuel system. Other alternative fuels, such as propane and natural gas, require some modifications to the engines as well as the fuel handling and storage systems. All types of fleets in BC have used each of these fuels with success.

Hydrogen is a new fuel being used in limited application in British Columbia. Fuel cells are the primary method of using hydrogen since the only emission is water from a tailpipe.

Hybrid electric vehicles have gained tremendous ground over the past decade, and plug-in electric vehicles are new but drawing great interest.

Key factors when considering using an alternative fuel include:

  • Comparative fuel costs
  • Conversion and storage costs, if any
  • Emissions performance
  • All weather operability
  • Fuelling logistics including vehicle range, frequency and location of refuelling
  • Maintenance and operational costs and training
  • OEM options vs. aftermarket conversion
  • Lifecycle emissions in addition to tailpipe
  • Availability of accessible, high quality fuel.

E3 Fleet Partners

The E3 Fleet program reflects the commitment and expertise of many people, including some of the country’s most innovative fleet managers. All have a common passion – to see Canada’s fleets take a cleaner, green road to the future.

The Fraser Basin Council launched E3 Fleet in 2006 in cooperation with Climate Change Central (Alberta) and Fleet Challenge. Since October 2016, the program has been managed by Fleet Challenge Inc.

The E3 Fleet Charter members were also pivotal to its success: Auto-Gas Propane, BC Hydro, BC Ministry of Environment, City of Coquitlam, Corporation of Delta, Enbridge, City of Hamilton, Hydro One, City of Kelowna, Township of Langley, District of Maple Ridge, City of North Vancouver, Novex Couriers, City of Prince George, District of Saanich, University of BC and Municipality of Whistler. We’ve enjoyed the journey so far, and it’s only just begun. Join us!

E3 Fleet in Brief

E3 Fleet is a Canada-wide program that helps public and private sector organizations green up their vehicle fleets.

E3 Fleet offers information and tools to help you increase fuel efficiency in your fleet, reduce harmful emissions, manage expenses, and incorporate new technologies, fuels and best management practices. We offer Fleet Review and Fleet Rating, unique opportunities for you to boost fleet performance and receive recognition for that achievement.

Reach Us

For more information on Fleet Challenge and the E3 Fleet Standards program, contact:

Roger Smith
Executive Director
Fleet Challenge and E3 Fleet Program

T: 416 418-9931

Jana Cervinka

Director, Communications and External Relations
T: 954 299 5885