British Columbia transit agency to buy 115 electric buses

BC Transit, which oversees public transit in the Canadian province of British Columbia (outside of Greater Vancouver) has announced plans to invest some $396 million to purchase up to 115 battery-electric buses and install 134 charging points.

Of the total, the Canadian federal government is contributing around 170 million, the British Columbia provincial government is kicking in 159 mill, and recipients are coughing up 67 big ones.

BC Transit aims to transition to an all-electric fleet by 2040. The Canadian government has set an objective of putting 5,000 zero-emission public transit and school buses on the country’s roads by 2026.

“Funding provided through the Zero Emission Transit Fund and the Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program supports phase 1 of BC Transit’s plans to have our fleet fully electric by 2040,” said BC Transit CEO Erinn Pinkerton.

“The future of transit is electric, and communities in British Columbia and across the country are leading the way,” said The Honourable Sean Fraser, Minister of Housing, Infrastructure and Communities. “Our government’s investment will put quieter, cleaner buses on roads, making commutes more pleasant while protecting our environment.”

Source: BC Transit

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