Local transportation isn’t used much during the pandemic, but Canada wants to make sure it’s environmentally friendly when the crisis is over. Canadian government plans to invest $ 2.75 billion (approximately $ 2.17 billion) to electrify mass transit across the country over a five-year period. This includes buying more emission-free buses Among other initiatives, officials said.
The effort is part of a larger public transportation upgrade package for $ 14.9 billion ($ 11.77 billion). Existing programs have already supported the purchase of 300 green buses, but this will help the government achieve their goal of a much larger roll-out of 5,000 buses over this five-year period.
Unsurprisingly, the government hopes this green move will also create jobs for Canadian bus manufacturers such as Nova Bus, GreenPower and New flyer.
The challenge, of course, is to make a meaningful impact. While Canada’s relatively small population and concentration in a handful of large cities could help the money go far, there is no guarantee that transportation outfits will switch entirely to electric vehicles or hydrogen. However, it could give them the boost they need, and the success in Canada could give the US and other countries an example of how to electrify their own transit fleets.
This story originally continued Engadget.