This will make Leicester one of just four UK cities to operate an all-electric bus fleet, joining London, Norwich and York, whose switch was announced earlier this month.
First Bus plans to have added 600 electric buses to its fleet by March 2024, with 117 of these being spread across Bramley and York, Hoeford (Hampshire), and Norwich. It will pay 58% of the total cost for these non-Leicester depots, with Zebra contributing the remainder.
“Through this co-funding with the Zebra scheme, we’re excited to electrify another five of our UK depots before March 2024,” said First Bus managing director Janette Bell.
The Lion Electric Company, a Canadian-based manufacturer of all-electric medium and heavy-duty urban vehicles serving the North American market, announced that it has received a conditional purchase order for 1,000 all-electric Lion school buses from Student Transportation of Canada (STC), a subsidiary of Student Transportation of America (STA). STA is controlled by Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec (CDPQ), the province’s pension fund manager.
The purchase order is conditional upon the satisfactory grant of non-repayable contributions to STC under Infrastructure Canada’s Zero-Emission Transit Fund (ZETF), for which STC has filed a formal application. Under the ZETF program, the Government of Canada aims to invest $2.75 billion over five years to support public transit and school bus operators in the transition to electrification.
Lion Electric (TSX:LEV) was up $1.74 or 11.8 per cent to $16.49 on the news. If confirmed, this purchase order would allow STC to become the largest operator of zero-emission school buses in North America.
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