If the city replaced its diesel buses with electric ones as they expired, McDonald said that the city’s bus fleet could be totally electric in about 18 years.
Electric buses not only make sense from an economic perspective, but they also help green the environment, Bamber said. “When it’s a double-win like that, why not do it?”
While rare in North America, electric buses are relatively common in South America and China, Bamber told council Monday.
The city wasn’t able to test the buses under true winter conditions, but found they ran fine in -17 C weather last March, McDonald said. Montreal reported no problems with its electric buses during its recent winter trial.
Coun. Sheena Hughes said this would be a “risky” investment without GreenTRIP support, noting the narrow cost difference between an electric and a regular bus without it and uncertainties around the bus’s winter performance.
“If electricity prices go up and gas prices go down, all those savings will be completely nullified.”
It’s rare to see a choice where both the environmental and economic outcomes are good, Coun. Tim Osborne said. This technology would be worth a look even in the absence of GreenTRIP.
“We’re talking about a 44 per cent reduction in greenhouse gas emissions, and that’s substantial.”
Mayor Nolan Crouse said that emails he had received suggested that the city would get a decision on GreenTRIP funding for this project in a few weeks.
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