The Town of Didsbury has purchased a new electric Zamboni that will be replacing the 14-year-old current propane-powered one. The purchase was made possible through a grant from the Municipal Climate Change Action Centre, through the Electric Vehicles for Municipalities Program. The grant totalled $50,000.

The cost of the machine, after the grant, amounts to $118,145 and will be paid using recreation reserves. The new equipment arrived at the Didsbury Memorial Complex on Monday, June 12.

“The new electric Zamboni will reduce emissions within the building, creating a safer air-quality environment for arena users as well as staff,” said Mayor Rhonda Hunter. "This is a fiscally responsible purchase, especially given the Government of Alberta grant."

According to the Town, the old propane model served the community well but was seeing increased annual repair and maintenance costs. It is estimated that moving from a propane Zamboni to an electric-powered one will mean yearly savings estimated to be more than $3000. 

"The low mileage and consistent temperatures offered within an arena environment make an electric model a great option for Didsbury," The Town said in a statement. 

The Municipal Climate Change Action Centre is a partnership of Alberta Municipalities, the Rural Municipalities of Alberta, and the Government of Alberta. Funding for the Electric Vehicles for Municipalities Program was provided by the Government of Alberta.