It was in the presence of the Minister of Economy and Innovation, Pierre Fitzgibbon, and the Minister of Environment and the Minister for the Fight against Climate Change, Benoit Charet, that Jean-Pierre Ranger, president of Park Safari in Hemingford, unveiled the brand. June 6 Fleet of seven 100% electric bush trucks.
These vehicles were custom designed for park safaris by Lion Electric, located in St. Jerome. For several years now, Park Safari has been taking steps to reduce its environmental footprint, such as the use of geothermal energy, energy and rainwater recovery, solar walls and filters that reduce the use of chemicals by 35%. Maintain good water quality in swimming pools.
“I have dreamed of bringing the safari adventure tour to life in a fully electric bush truck since 2010 and I am glad that Lion Electric has taken on this challenge that allows us to do better and more environmentally than anything else,” said Mr. Ranger.
From this season, families can take this new vehicle on an adventure safari tour The adventure safari is a five-kilometer route, usually traveled by car, through wildlife.
Every day, in the morning, the adventure safari tour takes place only on these zero-emission trucks, at $ 4.35 per child and $ 8.70 per adult. Visitors who wish to run the route can do so from 1:30 p.m.
“I am proud to see Park Safari serve as a leader in the electrification of its vehicles,” said Claire Isabelle, MNA of Huntington. Many visitors will now have the opportunity to take full advantage of this new mode of transport in Quebec to explore the park which, let us remember, is Monteregi’s biggest tourist attraction. “
From left to right: Patrick Gervais, vice president of marketing and communications for Lion Electric, president and general manager of Park Safari, Jean-Pierre and Veronica Ranger, Huntington’s deputy, Claire Isabel, as well as ministers Pierre Fitzgibte and Beno. (Photo: Newspaper Quick Look – Mark-Andre Quillard)
Mounted on the Lion8 chassis, these seven bush trucks were acquired at a cost of 400,000 each. The Quebec government contributes up to 75% to their purchases, set aside for park safaris. Each can accommodate up to 50 passengers at a time and they are all wheelchair accessible.
The zoological organization, which is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year, wants to acquire 11 additional electric trucks for the 2023 season. With a fleet of 18 of these vehicles, Park Safari can welcome all visitors and completely eliminate the presence of vehicles in the safari adventure. .
“With these seven trucks, we can transport 350 people per hour and 2,100 people per day,” said Mr Ranger. We welcome 7,000 visitors every day for 20 to 25 days during the season. “
For Patrick Garvis, vice president of marketing and communications for Lion Electric, the design of this vehicle demonstrates the versatility of the Lion truck and all the talent in Quebec.
“These trucks have a variety of advantages,” he says. They produce no noise pollution, no vibration and no odor. “
Each truck, valued at $ 400,000, can seat 50 passengers at a time. (Photo: At a Glance – Mark-Andre Quillard)
In his speech, Minister of Economy and Innovation, Pierre Fitzgerald, Park Safari with a fleet of electric vehicles served as a true leader in his case.
The Minister of the Environment, Benoit Charet, has also underlined the ins and outs of the park safari to fight climate change.
“Fighting climate change is a challenge and all contributions are important,” he said.
It was later mentioned that transport alone was responsible for 43% of greenhouse gas emissions.
“Our goal is to reduce our emissions by 37.5% by 2030,” said Minister Charett. We have reduced them by only 3% since 1990. So, in the next eight years, we have to do 12 times more. Steps are high, but necessary. A