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October 2020

NEW - Propane buses continue to expand across Canada

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On September 17, the Auto Propane committee held its their conference call meeting. With the Chair position vacant, Allan Murphy, Vice President of Government Affairs presided over the meeting.

Uptake of propane school buses continue to increase with several provinces replacing diesel buses with propane. Other developments reported by members included:

  • The Brandon School Division and Federated CO-OP installing a new state-of-the-art fuelling station/dispenser at the school division to help make fueling more efficient.
  • Blue Bird stopped manufacturing electrical buses in the last year; their focus is to sell 1,000 propane school buses in Québec and Ontario.
  • The province of Québec has been offering subsidies for alternative fuels since 2019, including:
    • Alternative fuels for new vehicle and conversion technology
    • Light vehicles: 30% of eligible expenses up to a maximum of $3,000
    • Buses and minibuses: 30% of eligible expenses up to a maximum of $6,000
    • Applicants can receive financial assistance of up to $ 1,000,000 per fiscal year.

As one of three operators selected by the Halifax Regional Center for Education, Southland Transportation is the only one that began transporting students with propane buses this September. The CPA worked together with Southland Transportation and Superior Propane to develop a video and as well as issue a news release - Propane school buses will reduce GHGs by 624 metric tonnes in the Halifax area - on the 144 propane school buses that are covering approximately 29 routes. This is the largest propane fleet in Atlantic Canada. 

Members have suggested organizing a webinar featuring the latest technology in auto propane as well as challenges and opportunities for the auto propane industry.

For more information on the meeting, please contact Jean-François Duguay, Government Relations Director for Atlantic Canada at jeanfrancoisduguay@propane.ca.

 

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