The Prince Edward Island government announced the acquisition of 35 new electric school buses for the island.
The buses will replace diesel-powered buses starting in the 2022-23 school year.
Along with the new buses, the province will also install charging stations for each bus.
Lion Electric, the Quebec-based bus maker, will supply the island with 35 of their LionC buses. In addition, Lion Electric will also supply the charging infrastructure for the buses.
The funding for the project comes from the federal and provincial governments. Both sides contribute $6.2 million through the Green Infrastructure Stream of the Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program.
The Minister of Transport and Infrastructure in Prince Edward Island had this to say in the announcement:
The replacement of diesel buses with electric will help reduce transportation emissions in the province and help Prince Edward Island reach its net zero goals. The Province of Prince Edward Island will continue to invest in safe, modern and sustainable transportation.
These 35 LionC buses join the other 47 electric buses operating on the island. The goal is to eventually replace all 332 diesel school buses with electric buses.
Lion Electric currently has multiple orders from bus lines and school districts throughout Canada.