Pellerin: Stop all this idling and switch school buses to electric

By Brigitte Pellerin, Ottawa Citizen Op-Ed

... When I saw Ecology Ottawa coming out with a campaign to get us to switch our diesel school buses to electric ones, I said to myself: if that ain’t the juiciest, lowest piece of juicy low-hanging fruit I ever saw. Yes! Let’s gradually replace the fleet with electric buses! At the moment there are only about 20 EVs out of Ontario’s 20,000 yellow buses. I call this ample room for improvement.

And then … nothing. People ignored the issue. I was trying to fluff up the story on social media and even my usual do-gooding suspects were uncharacteristically quiet.

...Why? The usual objections to electric vehicles don’t apply here. You don’t need a huge amount of autonomy between charges. The typical school bus doesn’t actually go anywhere. It just drives around in circles, morning and afternoon. Perfect for the EV lifestyle.

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