Canadian city purchases 4 Teslas for community paramedic program

The city of Greater Sudbury already has three hybrid ambulances and plans to have a fully electric fleet by 2035

The Canadian city of Greater Sudbury has purchased four Tesla Model 3 fully-electric vehicles for its community paramedic program.

By Laura French

CANADA — A Canadian city announced on Earth Day that it has purchased four fully-electric Tesla vehicles for its community paramedicine program.

Greater Sudbury officials announced in a news release that the vehicles are expected to hit the road in May and will be used by community paramedics for scheduled home visits. Officials said the purchase is the first step toward its goal to achieve a 100% electrified fleet by 2035.

“This purchase makes Greater Sudbury one of the first municipalities in Canada to add electric vehicles to its Paramedic Services fleet in an effort to reduce greenhouse gas emissions,” the news release states. “The City also has three hybrid ambulances as part of its fleet, with another three to be delivered in the coming months.”

Devin Arthur, the Sudbury chapter president of the Electric Vehicle Society, told Electric Autonomy Canada that the vehicles purchased were Tesla Model 3s. Arthur also said the city has been a leader in promoting “green” vehicles and fleets. The city plans to reach net-zero emissions by 2050.