Nearly 2,600 electrically powered school buses will be operational in Quebec within the next three years, provincial transport minister François Bonnardel announced on Friday.
The Quebec government will spend $250 million over the next three years to intensify its efforts to have students in the province transported by electrically powered vehicles.
The long-term objective is to see 65 per cent of Quebec’s school bus fleet electrified by 2030, a target that would translate into a reduction in greenhouse gas emissions of 800,000 tonnes.
The funding will cover the purchase of vehicles and the installation of recharging stations.
Two Quebec firms — Lion électrique and Girardin transport — are expected to benefit from the program, but Bonnardel added that some vehicles might be imported from the United States if Quebec companies prove unable to produce the required number of buses on time.
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