Rural students unlikely to board electric buses soon

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A fleet of new electric school buses are slated to transport urban students this fall but rural students will be riding diesel for the foreseeable future.

“We are unsure at this point where the buses will be located,” said a spokesperson from the Department of Education. “The ability for charging stations and infrastructure will be a factor on where the buses will be located.”

A recent tender for 35 electric school buses has been awarded and the first shipment is expected to arrive before students return to school in the fall.

With the electric buses being a new technology, the Department of Transportation is looking at storing them in larger groupings instead of a small number of units across the province.

A dozen electric buses replaced 12 diesel buses with routes in the capital Charlottetown area last school year. A dozen electric charging stations were installed at the time to accommodate the new buses. The tender was awarded to The Lion Electric Co. for over $4 million in 2020.

Rachel Collier, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, The Eastern Graphic

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