The City of Hamilton is not alone in setting ambitious targets and
implementation actions to lower emissions from its fleets.
Many cities cross- the country have also adapted greening
polices’ and procedures for their fleets.
Many which focus on greater electric vehicle deployment.
Ice resurfacing machines are part of the fleet cities focus on replacing
the current powered by propane or CNG to electric.
City of Toronto, ON adapted electric ice resurfacing machines in 2008.
City of Ottawa, ON in 2011, Hilton Hill, ON in 2010, City of Surry,
City of Chestermere, AB. City of North Cowichan, BC . Town of
Kensington, PEI. Edmonton, AB. Laval, Quebec Montreal, Quebec.
Early this year, the City of Mississauga in Ontario purchased
22 electric machines over 10 years period and the City of Burlington, ON
has ordered 10 units over 7 years period. This year, The Town of Milton,
ON received fund from the Federation Canadian Municipalities (FCM) to
replace natural gas ice resurfacers with electric one. More and more
municipalitis are moving toward electric ice resurfacing machines.
4. Key Considerations:
To make an-informed decisions, a comparative is presented of an electric versus a natural gas powered
ice resurfacing machine focusing on key considerations which includes cost, maintenance, performance
and environmental factors.
4.1. Costs: A driving factor for feasibility would be cost, both capital and maintenance and operational
Relating to Capital costs, an electric ice resurfacing machine is approximately
40-50% higher than the cost of a natural gas unit; an electric ice resurfacing machine is quoted at
approximately $156,000 from Olympia (Elmira, Ontario) versus $90,000 for natural gas. The costs
will vary depending on size and model and brand. The following table is an analysis of costs based on
two (2) local Ontario based suppliers: Zamboni, Brantford and Olympia, Elmira).
CANADA’S FIRST ELECTRIC ICE
In July of 1983, The Zamboni Company
shipped Zamboni Machine No. 3065, a
Model 550 electric resurfacer to the West
Edmonton Mall in Edmonton, Alberta,
Canada. This machine was the first electric
Zamboni ice resurfacer delivered to a
Canadian customer and had a very unique
environment. The machine spent its days
resurfacing the ice sheet enclosed within
the mall, where skaters could take to the
ice underneath a spectacular skylight. No.
3065 would go on to resurface for the next
23 years, finally reaching retirement and
being replaced by a 2007 Zamboni Model
552 electric resurfacer and in operation