Three zero-emission Zambonis join City of Kingston fleet

A new zero-emission electric Zamboni at the Memorial Centre is one of three hitting the ice in Kingston this season. Photo via the City of Kingston.

The City of Kingston has received three electric ice resurfacers — more commonly referred to by their brand name, Zamboni — that will be used at Springer Market Square, the Leon’s Centre and the Memorial Centre.

In a media release, dated Wednesday, Dec. 14, 2022, the City said that with these three new machines, they are nearly halfway to their goal of replacing all 12 propane-powered machines with quiet, zero-emission electric machines. 

The Memorial Centre machine is currently in operation, the City stated, with the Leon’s Centre and Springer Market Square ones to begin operating later this season.

According to the release, each battery-operated machine will eliminate approximately 17 to 19 tonnes of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, which are known contributors to climate change. In 2021, the City received its first two electric resurfacers, which are currently in operation at the INVISTA Centre. This brings the total number of City-owned zero-emission resurfacers to five.

The machines were purchased from Zamboni Ltd. and come equipped with the Zamboni-Connect onboard communication system, allowing for improved analytics, the City said. According to the release, the system provides real-time information on charging events, battery charge, maintenance and diagnostic alerts, performance and other operating-related metrics. 

“These battery-powered electric ice resurfacers are expected to reduce fuel-related costs by 80 per cent and maintenance costs by up to 35 per cent,” said Brent Fowler, Director of Corporate Asset Management & Fleet. “In addition to these cost reductions, we will also have access to improved operational and maintenance data while providing an overall enriched operator experience, with Zamboni providing valuable ongoing training opportunities for staff.”  

Replacing gas-powered machines aligns with the City’s Climate Leadership Plan and the goal to achieve GHG reduction targets. The initiative was identified as part of this strategic priority during Council’s 2019-22 term

“We are excited and proud to now have five electric ice resurfacers in our fleet, which will have several benefits for community members and the environment. Thank you to our colleagues in Asset Management & Fleet Services for demonstrating strong leadership and commitment to climate change action,” said Lacricia Turner, Director of Recreation & Leisure Services.

Kingstonist has inquired with the City of Kingston as to when the advertising rights for the new Zambonis were tendered. No response was received by time of publication. This article will be updated if/when more information becomes available.

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