Quebec and Montreal Order 1229 Electric Transit Buses

Montreal and the province of Quebec have signed off on a proposal to buy 1,229 electric buses for municipal transit systems.

The province of Quebec will soon have 1,229 electric buses providing passenger service to its residents. The provincial government is providing $1.1 billion to fund the acquisition of the electric buses while the federal government will contribute $780 million as well. Both levels of government made a 25% Canadian content requirement part of the deal, as well as requiring that final assembly of the vehicles take place in Canada.

Provincial transport minister Geneviève Guilbault and federal inter-governmental affairs minister Dominic LeBlanc made the announcement in person Monday morning at the Nova Bus plant in St-Eustache. Nova Bus won the contract after a call for tenders was made in April 2022 and will be responsible for manufacturing the buses, according to the Montreal Gazette. “This is the largest electric bus acquisition project in North America, it’s an incredible vote of confidence in the Quebec economy,” LeBlanc said.

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This is by far the largest purchase of electric buses in the US. It compares to an entire fleet of over 16,000 electrified buses in Shenzhen, China.