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Tuesday 7 May 2019

Prices, policies slow the transition to electric school buses

Electric school buses emit close to no greenhouse gases, preserve children from harmful exposure to diesel exhaust and make no noise. Yet, there are still very few of them on our roads. What stalls them?

The Lion Electric Co., an electric school bus manufacturer based in Saint-Jérôme, Que., launched its first electric school bus, the LionC, in 2015. Since then, it has sold about 100 of them in Canada. Why not more? “Price remains the main obstacle,” claims Benoit Morin, vice-president of sales. The price tag for an electric school bus can exceed $300,000, close to three times that of a diesel bus.


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