OC Transpo looks to add 2 electric buses to fleet

By Kate Porter, CBC News Ottawa, June 19, 2019

Just four months after saying electric buses wouldn't work in Ottawa, the general manager in charge of OC Transpo is urging council to skip a pilot project and add two of the vehicles to its fleet.

"You don't need to pilot this, you should do this," John Manconi told the city's transit commission Wednesday.

Manconi said other cities have conducted pilots to test batteries and study integration with existing fleets.

"We're plugged in," he said.

Manconi is recommending the city skip the normal tendering process and buy two 12-metre electric buses from Quebec-based Nova Bus. The buses would run on shorter downtown routes such as the 5, 9 or 10 starting in 2020.


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