North America’s largest electric bus project announced by Government of Canada and Quebec Government

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The Canadian and Quebec governments have announced investments of over $780 million and over $1.1 billion, respectively, to support the purchase of 1,229 electric buses and enhance Quebec’s network of electric public transit.

This funding announcement makes it possible to undertake the largest electric bus acquisition project in North America. Ten public transportation organizations (PTO) will now be able to convert their bus fleets to 100% electric, in line with Quebec’s Plan for a Green Economy (PEV 2030) and Canada’s Strengthened Climate Plan.

The Société de transport de Montréal (STM) is the representative for the contract on behalf of the nine other transit agencies, and Nova Bus was awarded the contract to manufacture these buses following a public call for tenders issued in April 2022.

The Canadian content required in this call for tenders was set at 25%, and the final assembly must be done in Canada, in accordance with applicable trade agreements.

The investment in electric buses not only supports Canada’s commitment to help purchase 5,000 zero-emission buses over the next five years, but also maximizes the potential for local economic benefits. All the buses covered by this contract will be produced and assembled in Nova Bus’ Quebec plant, generating significant economic benefits for Quebec and Canada.

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