Getting students to and from school in an environmentally sustainable way is one of the key missions for the Toronto Student Transportation Group. We are pleased to report that two of our school bus providers (Switzer-Carty Transportation and Wheelchair Accessible Transit) were recently awarded the opportunity to pilot electric school buses here in the City of Toronto. The pilot is sponsored by the Ministry of Transportation and is part of their five-year Climate Change action plan to reduce greenhouse gas emissions to 15% below 1990 levels by 2020, 37% by 2030, and 80% by 2050.
The Lion Electric Company has provided 13 ‘Ebuses’ for various school bus providers around the Province of Ontario. Transportation staff were out to inspect the bus and do a short ride along to get better acquainted with the new buses. These buses are marginally wider making it easier to navigate up and down the aisle of the bus. The most dramatic difference is the sound on the bus as there is no engine noise. The buses are so quiet that the company has equipped these buses with an external sound system so that when the bus drops below a certain speed, music starts to play as a means to let people know the bus is nearby. So if you’re standing on the side of the road and you hear something coming down the street; it might be the ice crème truck but may also be your new electric school bus!