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Quebec welcomes more electric school buses

The 14-strong fleet from The Lion Electric Company will allow Keolis to cut 3,864 tonnes of CO2 over the vehicles’ lifetimes

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The Lion Electric Company e-bus can carry 72 passengers
The Lion Electric Company e-bus can carry 72 passengers

Keolis Canada has ordered 12 all-electric Type C school buses from The Lion Electric Company to be deployed on the city Montreal’s North Shore, specifically in the territory of the Commission scolaire des Affluents, starting in 2019.

 

It represents one of the largest transactions in the Quebec truck and bus manufacturer’s history and makes Keolis Canada the largest operator of all-electric Type C school buses in North America.

 

Quebeckers want to go electric

 

The orders align with the findings that the vast majority of Quebeckers (92 per cent) want school boards and schools to increase their use of electric buses. Type C is the standard school-bus model in North America with a 72-seat capacity.

 

Keolis first bought two LionC school e-buses in 2016. The 14-strong fleet will travel 448,000km a year and transport 770 students from the Commission scolaire des Affluents school board. Their range is up to 250km per charge. Overall, these 14 buses will allow the company to cut 3,864 tonnes of CO2 over the vehicles’ lifetimes.

“Thanks to this initiative, every day hundreds of children will be taken to school and back home in an environment that is healthier for them and for the planet”

The Lion Electric Co. surveyed Quebeckers and received a clear message: they want more electric transportation. As well as 92 per cent believing electric transportation is a good way to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, 93 per cent think that governments should encourage the electrification of transportation and 87 per cent think that diesel bus emissions have a negative impact on the health of children who take these vehicles.

 

“Thanks to this initiative, every day hundreds of children will be taken to school and back home in an environment that is healthier for them and for the planet,” said Thomas Duzyk, chair of the Commission scolaire des Affluents.

 

Patrick Gilloux, president and chief operating officer of Keolis Canada, said the company is excited to transport “a new generation” of Quebec children in the Lanaudière region with, the e-buses.

 

“Keolis is actively engaged in promoting better living in the territories it serves and puts a lot of energy into developing and deploying new electric transportation methods because, for us, they represent the future of public transit and our vision of the transportation of tomorrow.”

 

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