Ontario’s first electric buses arriving in 2019

Ontario is launching a new pilot program to test electric battery-powered buses on Brampton and York Region streets. The program is part of Ontario’s Climate Change Action Plan and is funded by proceeds from the province’s cap on pollution and carbon market.Ontario is launching a new pilot program to test electric battery-powered buses on Brampton and York Region streets. The program is part of Ontario’s Climate Change Action Plan and is funded by proceeds from the province’s cap on pollution and carbon market.

Steven Del Duca, Minister of Economic Development and Growth made the announcement Monday morning in Newmarket.The province is providing up to $13 million from available cap and trade funds to Brampton and York Region to buy 14 electric buses and four charging systems over the next 2 years.In 2015, the transportation sector accounted for approximately one third of Ontario’s greenhouse gas emissions, more than any other sector. The Canadian Urban Transit Research and Innovation Consortium (CUTRIC), a green transportation group, is coordinating the projects. The buses are expected to begin service in 2019.

 

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