North Bend Adds New Electric Trucks to Public Works, Aiming for Eco-Friendly Change

In 2022, North Bend’s Public Works Department got a new 2023 Ford Electric Vehicle Lightning truck, and they’re waiting for another one.

They chose these trucks after checking out different electric vehicles (EVs), thanks to help from the Washington State Department of Enterprise Services (DES). They’re replacing an old 1990s vehicle and adding another, which will help the city save money on fuel.

Mayor McFarland and the Public Works crew were really excited about these trucks. On December 28, the mayor even took one for a spin. Mayor McFarland said, “These EVs are another reflection of our city’s commitment to environmental stewardship. I hope this addition to our fleet serves as encouragement for more Valley communities to join in. Together, we can reduce air pollution and lower our use of greenhouse gases while also saving in future fuel costs.”

The City Council said yes to buying these two EVs on April 5, 2022. But there was a delay in getting them because of high demand and not enough parts. They’re still waiting for the second truck, which should come this winter.

The money for these EVs came from the Public Works Replacement Fund. You can learn more about this decision in the City Council Packet from October 4, 2022.

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