After testing several electric buses last winters with encouraging results , Edmonton decides to stop buying diesel transit buses and only buy electric buses in three years.
The city is now looking for a vendor for the buses.
Eddie Robar, Branch Manager of Edmonton Transit Service says the switch to electric has to be made gradually because right now the city doesn’t have the capacity to house and charge e-buses.
The cost of an e-bus compared to a diesel bus is about the same, mainly because the electric buses are cheaper to maintain and electricity is cheaper than diesel or gasoline.
Robar said that the greenhouse gas emissions from one old diesel bus are equivalent to the emissions from sixty of the new diesel buses.