The Kamloops-Thompson school district will add an electric bus to its fleet in 2021 as part of a pilot project.
School trustees have approved spending $65,000 to proceed with the carbon-neutral capital plan project.
According to the district, work on the design, tender and construction of an electric bus charging infrastructure will begin soon, with an expected completion of March 31, 2021. The district will receive its first electric bus in early 2021.
The 76-passenger vehicle will be added to an existing fleet of 84 diesel-powered buses.
Kamloops-Thompson is one of 13 districts in the province that are part of this project — dubbed the Clean BC Go Electric Bus Program — that will examine how the electric vehicles perform in the extreme range of the province’s weather and topographical conditions.
The project is jointly funded by the Ministry of Energy, Mines and Petroleum Resources, the Ministry of Education, the Association of School Transportation Services of BC and the Kamloops-Thompson school district.