In Canada, electricity utility company Hydro-Québec has launched a pilot project with Autobus Groupe Séguin to support the electrification of school buses. Several Québec-based suppliers will participate in the project, including Lion Electric, Malco Électrique and AddÉnergie.
The pilot project includes implementing 12 charging stations with a total power of 260 kW. These stations are to support the use of 10 initial electric school buses for the school period starting in September. The pilot project will be ongoing throughout the year and has the purpose of providing an opportunity to verify certain parameters related to operating and charging electric buses.
Autobus Groupe Séguin ordered 60 electric school buses from Lion Electric earlier this year, while Lion Electric also received another order for 35 LionC school buses from the Canadian province, Prince Edward Island, earlier this month.
Hydro-Québec appears to be working with one of its subsidiaries, InnovHQ that has the mission of stimulating innovation and developing business opportunities designed to accelerate the energy transition. Simon Racicot-Daignault, CEO of InnovHQ says “Hydro-Québec is in a unique position to support carriers in the electrification of their vehicle fleets and it would like to share its expertise in the deployment and management of charging infrastructure as well as its know-how regarding energy management.”
Hydro-Québec says it would like to act as a catalyst in support of the energy transition and its mission to rethink mobility in order to make it more sustainable. To this end, the company plans to accelerate transport electrification, including for personal, public and freight vehicles by providing greater access to charging infrastructure.
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