A cleaner sheet of ice at Sarnia Arena

Journal Staff

Sarnia is getting its first electric Zamboni.

The ice-resurfacing machine, which will go into service at the Sarnia Arena when it reopens, will eliminate the need for propane and help the city reduce greenhouse gases emissions, staff says.

The Zamboni is powered by a lithium-ion battery and was purchased for $135,590 through a program with the Association of Municipalities of Ontario.

The new machine includes a device that collects data each time it’s used to improve ice quality.

According to the manufacturer, the Zamboni Electric 450 can recharge in about the time it takes to flood the ice and requires very little maintenance.