The city of Montreal is serious about going electric and, as proof, it will convert its entire fleet of buses over to the electric variety by 2025. If successful, Montreal should become the first North American city able to lay claim to an all-electric bus fleet. 2025 is quite a long ways away, so the city has a few plans in place to green its fleet immediately, before moving over to the battery-only buses later on.
The Societe de Transport de Montreal (STM) is currently awaiting an order of 380 high-efficiency diesel buses to replace some of its aging fleet. The buses will be in service between now and 2025. In addition to the diesels, the city is actively searching for hybrid buses to put into fleet use. Beginning in 2012, all STM bus purchases will be either hybrids or electrics and, starting in 2011, Montreal will begin testing electric buses powered by overhead wires on some of the city's busiest routes. This is the first step to replace the entire fleet of 1,300 buses with zero-emission models within 15 years. The task is certainly doable, but the city is venturing where no other in North America has gone before. We applaud the STM for being pioneers while wishing Montreal luck in reaching its goal. Hat tip to Sebastian!
[Source: Montreal Gazette]