A lot of people want to do their part with helping the environment, whether it’s recycling, consuming less energy, or even getting electric cars.
Well now Halton wants to make an extra contribution with helping the environment. The province has recently announced their plans in rolling out electric school buses as part of Ontario’s Climate Change Action Plan.
An outstanding $8 million is funding the program and it’s funded by,”proceeds from Ontario’s carbon market, which are invested into programs that help households and businesses reduce greenhouse gas emissions and save money on energy costs, including home energy retrofits, public transit, social housing retrofits, and electric vehicle incentives and infrastructure,” said the province.
The pilot program is set to run across Ontario from December 1, 2017 until June 30, 2019.
So how does it work? Well school bus operators that already provide student transportation can apply to participate.
Once the applicant is successful they will receive funds to purchase an electric school bus, and the funds will also cover the purchase and installation of the associated charging infrastructure.
School bus operators can start applying for funding anytime between now and October 13, 2017.
This program is said to give kids a safer and cleaner option to get to and from school every day.
After the pilot program is over in 2019 the province will then analyze how the buses did on the roads, and their impact on greenhouse gas emissions and air quality. When all the data is collected it will be used to determine if school bus operators will adopt the vehicles.
Electric vehicles have proven to be extremely useful in reducing greenhouse gas emissions and diesel pollution, and it also gives people a clean transit option.
Ontario is quite behind on the electric school buses trend, with Quebec already being on board and in North America alone there are approximately 100 electric school buses already in use.
The province is aiming to reduce greenhouse gas emissions to 15 percent below 1990 levels by 2020, 37 percent by 2030 and 80 percent by 2050.
So it all depends on Haltons school bus drivers if Oakville residents want to be able to see these electric school buses driving kids to school every day.