BC Transit is releasing its pathway to a fully electric provincial fleet. The low carbon fleet program aligns with the Province of BC’s CleanBC plan, supports provincial targets for greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, and supports local government climate action goals. Moving to a fully electric bus fleet will provide customers with a cleaner, quieter, and more comfortable transportation journey.
BC Transit plans to start buying only electric heavy-duty buses in 2023, with a target of creating a fully electric provincial fleet in all vehicle classifications by 2040.
The low carbon fleet program focuses on four principles:
- Transitioning vehicles to electric propulsion based on the fleet replacement plan
- Bridging transition to electric with renewable fuels
- Using business cases to guide investment decisions
- Developing partnerships
The plan is to start purchasing electric buses while converting to new and emerging low carbon technologies, such as compressed natural gas (CNG) which enable the use of renewable natural gas.
On July 18, the Government of Canada, Province of BC and BC Transit announced the purchase of our first 10 battery heavy-duty electric buses for deployment in 2021. BC Transit is also introducing CNG buses and fueling infrastructure to Victoria and the Central Fraser Valley. This includes the addition of 34 medium-duty and 68 heavy-duty to the current fleet of 128 compressed natural gas buses.
During this process, BC Transit will be undertaking our due diligence by monitoring and evaluating technology and infrastructure readiness through this process to ensure we are progressing appropriately. These details will inform future business cases for purchasing electric vehicles.
More details about the Low Carbon Fleet Program are available at https://www.bctransit.com/low-carbon-fleet-program