WINNIPEG – Four new electric transit buses will hit Winnipeg roads later this year.
Each electric buses will cost close to $1 million dollars, far more than the cost of one of Winnipeg Transit’s 585 diesel buses at $450,000.
But in the long run the city is sure the investment is worth the steep upfront cost.
On average it will cost $12 for one of the new electric buses to go 100 kilometres, compared to $60 if a diesel bus traveled the same distance.
The buses will charge at a unique on-route charging station, which is a first in Canada taking only 20 minutes to fully charge a bus.
The Xcelsior transit buses are Manitoba made and are catching the eye of various North American transit authorities.
“We’re eager to share Winnipeg Transit’s expertise with our project partners during the testing phase of this project,” said mayor Sam Katz.
An additional electric buses has already been in use in Winnipeg for months, shuttling Manitoba Hydro employees from their two office locations to test it out.
And now that the bus passes real world conditions, the other four got the stamp of approval.