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The largestbattery poweredelectric bus fleet in North America is Canadian. Toronto’s transit system is now running 59 electric buses from three suppliers. And Canadian pioneers like Toronto offer lessons for other transit systems aiming to transition to greener fleets for the low-carbon economy of the future.

Diesel buses are some of the noisier, more polluting vehicles on the urban roads. Going electric could have big benefits.

Emissions reductions are the main reason the federal government aims to add 5,000 electric buses to Canada’s transit and school fleets by the end of 2024. New funding announced this week as part of the government’s fall fiscal update could also give programs to electrify transit systems a boost.

Source: Canadian Broadcasting Corporation

Date: December 7th, 2020

Link: https://www.cbc.ca/news/technology/electric-buses-transit-1.5823166

Discussion

  1. Electric vehicles are a technology-driven service. What sorts of services could you package around this?
  2. ” Having never bought electric buses before, the city had no specifications for what it needed in an electric bus, so it decided to try all three suppliers: Winnipeg-based New Flyer; BYD, which is headquartered in Shenzhen, China; and California-based Proterra. ” Many, if not most companies that buy new software or switch to cloud software provider have never bought this before. Why don’t these companies do what Toronto did with electric buses and try out all three suppliers?

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