Mississauga replaces old, gas-guzzling Zambonis with new electric ice resurfacing vehicles

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Published October 15, 2021 at 3:08 pm

Mississauga has rolled out eight new electric Zambonis at select arenas across the city—including the home of the OHL’s Mississauga Steelheads—as part of a plan to eventually replace its entire fleet of loud, gas-fuelled ice resurfacing vehicles. 

The new Model 650 Zambonis, which when fully charged can complete 25 or so ice resurfacings, will be in action this coming winter at Iceland Arena, Meadowvale 4 Rinks, Paramount Fine Foods Centre (home of the Steelheads), Tomken Twin Arena and Erin Mills Twin Arena. 

Over the next 10 years, the City of Mississauga plans to replace, in stages, its entire fleet of 22 older, less environmentally friendly arena vehicles with electric Zambonis. 

Once all 22 electric ice resurfacers are running, they’ll help Mississauga reduce greenhouse gas emissions by about 832 tonnes, equal to taking 255 cars off the road, the City says. 

Mississauga is among the first several municipalities in Ontario to start making the switch to electric Zambonis. 

London, which plans to replace its entire fleet over the next four years, introduced its first electric Zamboni in August. 

The initiative supports Mississauga’s Climate Change Action Plan and goal to reduce emissions by 40 per cent by 2030. Officials say it’s one of many undertakings that prioritize low- or zero-emissions technologies as part of the City’s Green Fleet and Equipment Policy and Electric Vehicle Charging Station Standard. 

 

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