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Transdev Acquires 30 New Electric School Buses

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Lion Electric's school buses. Photo Lion Electric

Continuing its energy transition strategy, Transdev Canada announces the purchase of 30 new electric school buses from Quebec-based Lion Electric.

This is another major investment made possible by the Quebec government’s support policy.

Firmly committed to clean transport, Transdev is pursuing its zero emission objective. With this new order, the company will have electrified its fleet of electric buses to nearly 40% in Quebec. All of these new vehicles are scheduled to be put into service in the Montérégie and Estrie regions in the spring of 2023.

“In Canada, as elsewhere, Transdev is convinced of the need to mobilize in the fight against global warming, both for the environment, our society and for future generations. We are reaffirming our commitment to the energy transition, especially to our youngest passengers, who are the main users of electric school buses,” said Arthur Nicolet, Chief Executive Officer of Transdev Canada.

Putting its expertise and know-how as a global mobility operator and integrator at the service of the Quebec population, Transdev currently operates 1,800 electric buses worldwide in 13 different countries, making it the largest electric bus operator in the world outside of China.

This sustainable transportation project was made possible by a close collaboration between the manufacturer and the operator. For several years now, Lion Electric and Transdev Canada have been working hand-in-hand to achieve greener, cleaner mobility. In March 2020, in the midst of the pandemic crisis, Transdev Canada had already ordered and put into service 27 Lion electric school buses. This represented an investment of $4.5 million. Again in 2022, Transdev is renewing its commitment with a new investment of nearly $5 million, with the ambition of electrifying 100% of its school bus fleet in Quebec by 2025.

These acquisitions benefited from the Program to Support the Deployment of Electric School Buses in Quebec, which is part of the Quebec government’s 2015-2020 Transportation Electrification Action Plan.

 

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