Climate Change

Alberta Electric School Bus Deployment Project

This project will see a team composed of low-carbon transportation experts from Pollution Probe, RFS Energy, and Southland Transportation conduct the first ever electric school bus pilot project in the City of Calgary. The fully electric bus will see regular service in Southland's fleet throughout the 2022-2023 school year. Data related to bus's energy consumption, maintenance, and fueling costs will be gathered and analyzed, with a focus on performance during cold weather operations. Findings will be summarized in a business case for electric school bus adoption that will be shared with school bus fleet operators and key stakeholders throughout Alberta and Canada. A technical brief will also be developed to help fleet managers and technicians efficiently navigate the process of electric school bus adoption. Zero emission buses provide substantial benefits not only for Canada's climate, but for the health of the students who ride them every day.