The carrier is pleased to reach the target imposed by the City in advance.
The carrier has been plagued by economic difficulties following the drop in ridership, and financial support from public institutions has therefore proven to be decisive.
Subsidies and assistance programs reduce the initial investment costs of these vehicles, explains Meena Bibra of Clean Energy Canada, while recalling the long-term financial interest due to the low prices of electricity and almost minimal maintenance costs of this type of vehicle, considerable savings are made over their entire lifespan.
The pilot project was also funded by the federal public transit infrastructure fund.
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At the time it placed the order for these new electric vehicles, other buses, this time hybrid, were delivered, the first in a series of 336.
This is the other pillar on which the ecological transition initiated by the CTT is based, which announced that after this delivery, it would only purchase electric vehicles.
The last thermal bus, which is diesel, was purchased in 2018 and will be retired from service in 2031, and the last hybrid bus is expected to be retired from service in 2037; At that point, we will have an entirely electric fleet, three years before the TransformTO objective, says Bem Case, referring to the City's objective of a carbon-neutral fleet by 2040.
The CTT and its 2,000 buses are part of the equation, as are the Toronto police cars and ambulances, among others.
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For Professor Catherine Morency, investing primarily in electric buses is not the best strategy more ecologically efficient.
For Professor Catherine Morency, holder of the Canada Research Chair in Personal Mobility and professor at Polytechnique Montréal, this aggressive electrification is not the most effective in a tight financial context: If we have a limited amount of money and we are wondering about the best investment today, we would be better off increasing the level of service.
Although she insists that no one is against the electrification of buses, she still maintains that the trade-off in terms of financial and environmental costs can be improved. This is an observation shared by the user advocacy organization TTC Riders.
However, for Meena Bibra, visibility is important and the positive message sent by Canada's most populous city transitioning to zero emissions is also important.
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