E.T.S.B Un­veils the New Ad­di­tion to Its School Bus Fleet – an Elec­tric School Bus!

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Stu­dents at­tend­ing some of the East­ern Town­ships School Board Schools are now leav­ing a smaller car­bon foot­print when get­ting to and from school each day. New for the 2016 -2017 school year, the East­ern Town­ships School Board (ETSB) has added an elec­tric school bus to its fleet. The new “eLion” bus will be trans­port­ing ETSB stu­dents in the Sher­brooke area that at­tend Sher­brooke El­e­men­tary School and Alexan­der Galt Re­gional High School. The First and Only Elec­tric School Bus in the Estrie!

A first for the Estrie area and one of only a hand­ful of elec­tric school buses on the road across Que­bec, the new elec­tric school bus is a pi­lot project for the school board. “The model we have pur­chased has four bat­ter­ies and a range of ap­prox­i­mately 120 kilo­me­ters per charge. For this rea­son we have cho­sen a more ur­ban route that cov­ers mostly the Sher­brooke area. Dur­ing the morn­ing run, the bus has been us­ing on av­er­age ap­prox­i­mately 50% of its charge. With a turn­around time for a full charge be­ing five hours, this give us am­ple time to recharge to full power be­fore the af­ter­noon route”, ex­plained Bruce Ban­fill, Co­or­di­na­tor of Trans­porta­tion for the ETSB.

Al­though the ini­tial pur­chase cost is ap­prox­i­mately twice that of a reg­u­lar school bus, the pro­jected sav­ings in fuel and oil alone are close to $10,000 per year, which when added to the sav­ings in main­te­nance should cover

the ad­di­tional pur­chase cost in 10 years. “On av­er­age a reg­u­lar school bus will re­quire ex­ten­sive en­gine work after seven to eight years, which can cost in ex­cess of $12,000. With the elec­tric bus we do not have this cost, there­fore ex­tend­ing the num­bers of years we can keep them in the fleet,” ex­pressed Mr. Ban­fill. Go­ing Green an Im­por­tant Step for the ETSB!

Hav­ing an eco­log­i­cal and cost ef­fec­tive al­ter­na­tive for its fleet of school buses is im­por­tant for the ETSB, who op­er­ates its own fleet of 78 buses. Ac­cu­mu­lat­ing over 2 mil­lion kilo­me­ters a year, ETSB buses cover a vast ter­ri­tory that in­cludes all of the Estrie re­gion as well as a school in Drum­mondville. The op­tion of us­ing elec­tric school buses al­lows for sav­ings in op­er­a­tion costs as well as the re­duced im­pact on the en­vi­ron­ment by mov­ing away from the use of fos­sil fu­els. The ETSB has also made a ‘vi­rage vert’ at its head of­fice by at­tain­ing a LEED (Lead­er­ship and En­ergy in En­vi­ron­ment De­sign) cer­ti­fi­ca­tion.

The East­ern Town­ships School Board pro­vides ed­u­ca­tional ser­vices for stu­dents in the Estrie and Mon­térégie ar­eas with 20 el­e­men­tary schools, three high schools, two adult ed­u­ca­tion cen­tres, two vo­ca­tional train­ing cen­tres, a dis­tance ed­u­ca­tion and an in­ter­na­tional stu­dent pro­gram. We of­fer stu­dents the ad­van­tage of study­ing in a bilin­gual en­vi­ron­ment, led by car­ing adults and sup­ported with a com­pre­hen­sive tech­nol­ogy ini­tia­tive that is stu­dent fo­cused.

The ETSB has launched its first elec­tric bus which will pick up stu­dents in the Sher­brooke area.

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