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ISSN 2753-7757 (Online)

Largest electric bus project in North America announced


Nova Bus driving through city Photo: Volvo 
All buses covered by the contract will be produced and assembled in Nova Bus’ Quebec plant

Photo: Volvo 

Investments of over $780mn from the government of Canada and $1.1bn from the government of Quebec are to support the purchase of 1,229 electric buses in Quebec, claimed to be the largest electric buses acquisition project in North America to date.

The funding will allow 10 public transportation organisations to begin converting their bus fleets to become 100% electric, in line with Quebec’s Plan for a Green Economy and Canada’s Strengthened Climate Plan. The investment also delivers on the federal government’s commitment to help purchase 5,000 zero emission buses over the next five years.


Following a public call for tenders issued in April 2022, Nova Bus, headquartered in Saint-Eustache, was awarded the contract to manufacture the buses. All buses covered by the contract will be produced and assembled in the company’s Quebec plant, helping to generate economic benefits for the region. They will be delivered by 2027.


The government of Quebec’s Green Economy Plan calls for all new vehicles acquired by public transit agencies and receiving government subsidies to be electric vehicles (EVs), starting from 2025. In addition, by 2030, it is also planned to electrify 55% of the city’s buses; 65% of school buses; 35% (2 million) light electric vehicles on Quebec roads; 40% of cabs; 100% of the government's cars, sport utility vehicles, vans and minivans; and 25% of its trucks.