It was in the presence of the Minister of Economy and Innovation, Pierre Fitzgerald, and the Minister of Environment and the Minister for the Fight against Climate Change, Benoit Charet, who unveiled the brand new Jean-Pierre Ranger, president of Park Safari in Hemingford. June 6 Fleet of seven 100% electric bush trucks.
These vehicles were custom designed for park safaris by Lion Electric in St. Jerome. For several years now, Park Safari has been taking steps to reduce its environmental footprint, such as geothermal energy, energy and rainwater recovery, the use of solar walls and filters that make it possible to 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 that exists anywhere,” said Mr. Ranger.
From this season, families can explore the adventure safari in this new vehicle The adventure safari is this five kilometer route, which is usually traveled by car, through wildlife.
Every day, in the morning, adventure safari visits only ride in this zero-emissions truck, $ 4.35 per child and $ 8.70 for adults. Visitors who want 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 take advantage of this new, all-Quebec transport to explore the park, which should be remembered, 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: Journal 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, it is specified next to the park safari. Each can accommodate up to 50 passengers at a time and they are all wheelchair accessible.
The Zoological Institute, 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,” Mr Ranger said. We welcome 7,000 visitors a day for 20 to 25 days a season. “
For Patrick Gervais, vice-president of marketing and communications at 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 Charit, has also underlined the interior of the park safari to fight climate change.
“The fight against climate change is a challenge and all contributions are important, he thinks. Through this initiative, we have come to give others the taste to follow your example.”
It was later mentioned that transport alone was responsible for 43% of greenhouse gas emissions.
“Our goal is to achieve a 37.5% reduction in our emissions by 2030,” said Minister Charett. Since 1990 we have reduced them by only 3%. So, in the next eight years, we need to do 12 times more. Steps high, but necessary. A