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Canada has ordered 12 electric Type C all-electric school buses from Lion Electric to transport hundreds of children in the Lanaudière region, Quebec.
The fleet will operate alongside two other Type C e-buses which Keolis ordered in 2016. Overall, the service is expected to transport 700 school students as of 2019.
A survey from Lion shows that public opinion is behind the move - more than 90% of the 907 respondents say they want schools and boards to promote the use of electric buses.
Other findings from the survey revealed:
• More than nine out of ten people think that governments should encourage the electrification of transport.
• The same amount believes that replacing diesel buses by electric buses would contribute to air quality.
• More than 85% believe that diesel bus emissions have a negative impact on the health of the children carried.
Marc Bédard, president and founder of Lion, says: “We hope that this transaction will inspire all those who wish to find an economical, sustainable and environmental transport solution to turn to electrification."
Lion’s electric buses are manufactured and assembled in the city of Saint-Jérôme, Québec.
Transporting children to school has become a key area of interest for ITS providers. In September, Transdev launched an autonomous shuttle service to take children to Babcok Neighbourhood School in Florida.