Société de transport de Montréal (STM) has announced that it will purchase 40 more electric buses to add to its existing fleet.
The additional buses will join three electric ones that are currently running in downtown Montreal as part of the City Mobility project.
STM is planning to purchase several different kinds of buses including:
- Four standard, quick-charging electric buses (40 feet). This will make the 36 – Monk bus route entirely electric
- 30 slow-charging electric buses (40 feet), including a first series one, for the purpose of assigning them to different bus lines
- Four midibuses (30 feet), a mid-size vehicle bigger than a minibus yet smaller than a standard bus, to operate on the 212 Sainte-Anne de Bellevue bus line, as its route is well suited to this type of vehicle
- For the remaining two buses, STM will be partnering with a private company to test the vehicles for paratransit
“Today’s announcement signals an important step in achieving our goal of purchasing only fully electric buses by no later than 2025, featuring the best technologies available. It shows our determination to upgrade our bus network, in line with the commitments in our strategic organizational plan,” said Philippe Schnobb, STM board chairman, in a release.
“Speeding up our strategy with the purchase of 40 electric buses stems from the promising results achieved by the City Mobility project and the rapid progress we see in that field. By and large, this is good news for our customers as they will enjoy quiet, comfortable and more eco-friendly vehicles even sooner”