The city of Windsor, Ontario is becoming the first city in North America to put long-range, all-electric transit buses on its roads. Congratulations are owing to them for doing this. It’s a great thing to see it happening. However, I would have thought that an eco-friendly transit first like this would have happened right here in B.C.
In B.C., all-electric buses would be powered almost exclusively by electricity from clean, renewable hydro and wind sources. Not so in Ontario where they’re struggling to wean themselves off coal-fired electricity.
Don’t get me wrong. When cleaner natural gas buses replaced many of the dirty diesel buses on our roads a number of years ago it was a welcome step in the direction of improving our air quality and reducing pollution. But now that long-range, all-electric buses (free from overhead trolley wires) are becoming a reality wouldn’t they be a great addition to B.C.’s transit bus fleet?
Marney Hogan, Langley