At a Halifax Regional Council meeting on Tuesday, Quebec’s Nova Bus was awarded a contract to provide Halifax Transit with up to 60 electric buses.
The $95 million project will see the new electric buses replacing 60 of the transit fleet’s diesel buses which are already beyond their useful life, according to the city.
The funding is also going towards the Ragged Lake Transit Center to expand the facility and retrofit it to ensure it is capable of charging the new fleet.
Three levels of government are providing the funding, with 40% coming from the federal government, 33% from the Nova Scotia provincial government, and 27% from the Halifax Regional Municipality.
According to the city, half of the electric buses will be delivered in 2022 and 2023, while the remaining half will be delivered in 2023 and 2024.
This initiative is the first step toward Halifax Transit’s zero-emission target, as part of HalifACT’s pledge to becoming a net-zero town by 2050. Halifax Transit is actively working on a sustainable fuels plan that will, in the long run, result in the ultimate withdrawal of diesel-powered buses from the system.