You might be surprised to learn just how much gas a traditional Zamboni consumes. Mississauga believes that once all 22 of its electric ice resurfacers are running, it will reduce greenhouse gas emissions by about 917 tons. This is equivalent to taking 255 cars off the road.
Considering the majority of ice rinks are located indoors, that’s a whole lot of carbon dioxide, methane, and nitrous oxide that skaters will no longer have to breathe. As an added bonus, electric Zambonis are almost silent, a dramatic improvement on the load roar associated with gas models.
Zamboni’s advertising slogan for the 650 is “All It Leaves Behind Is Perfect,” and it’s hard to see a downside to using EVs for ice resurfacing. Considering these vehicles don’t have to travel far, and are never more than a few feet from an electrical outlet, the only question is why has it taken so long?
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