The transit agencies of Montreal (STM) and Laval (STL) have formed a buying community. Together they ordered 40 electric buses from New Flyer. 30 of the buses will go to Montreal and ten to Laval. They expect delivery in 2020.
In a joint statement, both public transport operators claimed that “to date, this is the largest firm order for electric buses in Canada”. The order is worth 43.2 million dollars to New Flyer Industries Canada. They will begin manufacturing the buses this coming spring.
Thirty of the 12-metre electric buses will go to Montréal, and 10 to Laval. The buses are slow charging, that means they will charge at the depot.
Both transit agencies had help from the provincial and federal governments. They provided a grant of over $9.6 million for Laval buses. In Montréal, 85 per cent of the funding will come from the province.
The Société de transport de Laval (STL) aims to purchase only electric buses by 2023. So far they have one electric bus in their service. In Laval, the decision to opt for slow charging electric buses had followed a trial (we reported).
The Société de transport de Montréal (STM) currently runs three electric buses and aims to purchase only electric buses by 2025. They had first stated their goal for electrification in 2016 reportedly.
New Flyer is also working to fulfil a large order from the Toronto Transit Commission (TTC) for ten electric buses with an option for another 30 reportedly. The order is part of TTC’s plan to electrify their entire fleet by 2040.