City won’t purchase electric bus this time around
It’ll be another five years until the city needs to purchase a new transit bus, and the mayor said he hopes a greener option will be feasible at that time.
Council voted unanimously in favour of a straightfoward budget item - the purchase of a new transit bus - at the special meeting of council on Tuesday, Nov. 7.
The 2017 Eldorado transit bus, which costs $496,212 and will be funded through the Dedicated Gas Tax Funds for public transportation with a 2018 delivery date.
Mayor of Kenora Dave Canfield said he was “a little sad” that the purchase was of a conventional diesel bus rather than an electric one, which he had brought up in discussion at a number of meetings in the last few months.
“I would have liked to see an electric bus, but unfortunately they’re just not readily available right now because they are fairly new,” he said. “I’m thinking in four or five years when we’re ready for the next one, we’ll be good for an electric bus, and we’ll do some research between now and then to make sure there is one available for us.”
According to the report presented to council, the City purchases a new transit bus every five years and retires the oldest bus in the fleet. The new transit bus will be part of the 2018 capital budget, and the purchase order must be sent to the bus manufacturer now.
Although electric buses are more expensive to purchase than their diesel equivalent, Canfield said the cost of running an electric bus is “dramatically reduced.”