Seven Michigan school districts will receive 17 electric buses under a diesel bus replacement project financed in part by a Volkswagen Mitigation Settlement allocation through the Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy (EGLE).
Livraison des autobus Lion
From Left to Right: Cyril Gauchet, DQC; Marie-France Laurin, Netlift; Debbie Shwartz, Michigan EGLE; Jean-Daniel Le Binant, M2S; Emmanuelle Toussaint, Nova Bus/Prévost; Eric Marquis, MRIF; Mac Dashney, MAPT; Dany Sullivan-Sarrazin, Fonds de solidarité FTQ; Martine Hebert, DQC; Sabine Le Nevanneau, Geebee; Victor Poudelet, Propulsion Québec; Susan Mudd, ELPC
11 of the 17 buses awarded will come from the Lion Electric Company, based in Saint Jerome, Québec. It is the second largest order for the company to date.
Governor Gretchen Whitmer was among those attending the event, along with EGLE Director Liesl Clark; Director of Michigan Department of Transportation Paul Ajgba, school district and utility representatives; Eric Marquis, Quebec’s assistant deputy minister of International Affairs and Francophonie and Martine Hebert, new head of Post at the Quebec Government Office in Chicago.
With electric school buses, children’s exposure to harmful diesel exhaust fumes and particles drops to zero. In addition, no fumes from buses idling near opening and closing doors are drawn inside the school building, where children spend most of their day. Diesel emissions from older buses are not only immediately harmful to Michigan’s children, but also impact climate and contribute to long term damage to the environment.
The Québec Government Office has supported Michigan’s clean transportation agenda since the first demonstration of all electric school buses in 2017. Congratulations to Lion Electric for the historic achievement in the Midwest!