Ottawa to procure 350 electric buses

The Canadian capital Ottawa has received a funding commitment of 350 million dollars (240 million euros) from the Government of Canada to procure 350 electric buses and install the charging infrastructure needed for their operation.

At its meeting on 25 February, the Ottawa City Council is to consider the budget authority’s requests – then the procurement of the zero-emission buses and charging infrastructure is to start, according to a statement by the Canadian government. Specifically, a new e-bus depot is to be built and two more depots are to be equipped with charging points for the e-buses yet to be procured.

Ottawa reportedly aims to integrate 450 electric buses by 2027. By 2036, the fleet of the public transport operator OC Transpo is to be completely converted to electric buses.

“Any investment in public transit in Ottawa is an investment in the environment. With the new funding for our zero-emissions bus program the Government of Canada is contributing to these shared and critical priorities,” says Ottawa Mayor Mark Sutcliffe. “These new buses will help OC Transpo continue its work towards reducing greenhouse gases and convert our fleet to zero-emission electric fuel.”


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