The Canadian Electric School Bus Alliance (CESBA) (co-led by Équiterre and Green Communities Canada) reveals its first study Pathways for Canadian Electric School Bus Adoption (produced by Dunsky Energy + Climat).
The Government of Canada has not yet set a target specifically for zero-emission school buses or electric school buses (ESBs). While EBSs fall under the current target to achieve 35% of total medium- and heavy-duty vehicle (MHDV) sales being ZEV) by 2030 and 100% by 2040, this only relates to the percentage of new sales and not the percentage of conversion.
In a climate emergency context, school buses, in particular, represent a low-hanging fruit in the transition to zero-emission MHDVs: their routes are predictable and often relatively short and they typically return to a central location between shifts where they can charge, making them ideal candidates for electrification. In addition to reducing GHG emissions, electric school buses (ESBs) present notable health benefits and can significantly reduce operating costs.
So CESBA set out to better understand the feasibility of a fully electric Canadian school bus fleet by 2040 and whether a more ambitious target is feasible by requesting this study produced by Dunsky Energy+Climate.
CESBA wishes to see all school buses to be electric by 2040.
Study is worth reading because it :
provides a snapshot of the current state of the school bus fleet in Canada
seeks to better understand the feasibility of the ACEAS target of an all-electric Canadian school bus fleet by 2040
Determines whether a more ambitious target would be feasible
lists the benefits of electrifying school buses
details potential solutions
Makes 5 key recommendations on logistics, funding, policy regulation and education for immediate action by the federal government.
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