City adds more electric ice-resurfacing machines to its fleet

The City of Kingston has acquired three more electric ice resurfacers, to be placed at Springer Market Square, Leon’s Centre and the Memorial Centre. With these three new machines, the City is nearly halfway to its goal of replacing all 12 propane-powered machines with quiet, zero-emission electric machines.   

The Memorial Centre machine is currently in operation, with the Leon’s Centre and Springer Market Square ones to begin operating later this season. 

Each battery-operated machine will eliminate approximately 17 to 19 tonnes of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, which are known contributors to climate change. In 2021, the City received its first two electric resurfacers, which are currently in operation at the INVISTA Centre.  

The machines were purchased from Zamboni Ltd. and come equipped with the Zamboni-Connect onboard communication system, allowing for improved analytics. The system provides real-time information on charging events, battery charge, maintenance and diagnostic alerts, performance and other operating-related metrics. 

“These battery-powered electric ice resurfacers are expected to reduce fuel-related costs by 80 per cent and maintenance costs by up to 35 per cent,” says Brent Fowler, Director of Corporate Asset Management & Fleet. “In addition to these cost reductions, we will also have access to improved operational and maintenance data while providing an overall enriched operator experience, with Zamboni providing valuable ongoing training opportunities for staff.”  

Replacing gas-powered machines aligns with the City’s Climate Leadership Plan and the goal to achieve GHG reduction targets. The initiative was identified as part of this strategic priority during Council’s 2019-22 term. 

“We are excited and proud to now have five electric ice resurfacers in our fleet, which will have several benefits for community members and the environment. Thank you to our colleagues in Asset Management & Fleet Services for demonstrating strong leadership and commitment to climate change action,” says Lacricia Turner, Director of Recreation & Leisure Services.