Students in Charlottetown and Summerside in Prince Edward Island (PEI) will soon be catching a ride on an electric school bus.
The governments of Canada and PEI announced this week $6.3 million in funding to purchase 35 LionC electric school buses from Quebec’s Lion Electric.
Along with the buses, Lion will also provide 35 Level 2 charging stations to help expand the province’s EV charging infrastructure.
“It is great to see Prince Edward Island continuing the momentum to electrify the school bus fleet within the province. It was just last November that their initial acquisition of 12 buses was announced, and today they are doubling down on their commitment to clean school transportation and the health of their communities. We look forward to continuing to work with the province on sustainable transportation solutions,” said Marc Bedard, CEO – Founder of Lion Electric.
The new buses will join the fleet of 12 LionC buses already operating in PEI during the 2021-2022 fiscal year.
With a total of 47 electric school buses, PEI will have one of the largest fleets of zero-emission school buses in operation in North America. It is just the beginning though, as the province’s eventual goal is to replace all 332 of their current diesel school buses with electric ones.