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Intercar is taking on the green challenge

Drummmondville, October 13, 2021 - Intercar announces acquiasition of 57 electric school buses.

Intercar takes on the green challenge with an order of 57 electric school buses from Girardin

Drummondville, QC (October 13, 2021) – Girardin, a Quebec family business and leader in school bus transportation and electrification in Quebec, is proud to announce that it has come to an agreement with Intercar, in fact, its most important deal so far. The Saguenay region business leader will proceed with the purchase of 57 electric school buses including 51 Blue Birds and 6 minibuses from Micro Bird.

In the order of $ 19 million, this major order for electric school buses will serve both Saguenay and Quebec regions, there be of Rives-du-Saguenay and De la Jonquière School Boards. Intercar will also provide pupil transportation services to De la Capitale and Des Découvreurs School Boards.

This agreement will be fulfilled in instalments over a 3-year period and will start with the acquisition of 14 72-passenger buses ready to take on the road in the 2022/2023 school year.

Once all 57 electric school buses are delivered, this deployment will contribute to a reduction of close to 1 300 tons of GHG per year. This is made possible thanks to the financial support in the order of $ 8,55 million coming from the Plan for a Green Economy (PGE) and the Program for electrifying school bus transport from the Quebec government. Please remember that this program aims at electrifying 65 % of the Quebec school bus fleet before 2030.

« Innovation has always been at the core of our operations at Intercar. It was time for us to take on the green challenge and electrify our bus fleet. This move is aligned with our newly adopted sustainable development policy. Intercar is proud to contribute concretely to the reduction of GHG, will allow for a greener future for our future generations that we transport every day. »

- Hugo Gilbert, President, Intercar

« Intercar is showing tremendous leadership in school bus electrification in Quebec. Girardin is proud to be supporting Intercar and to be bringing our expertise in electric school buses as well as in infrastructure so that this transition becomes a success story. »

- Michel Daneault, VP Sales and Service – Eastern Canada, Girardin in Drummondville

Girardin, with its partners Blue Bird / Cummins Power Drive and Micro Bird / Ecotuned Technologies, offers a complete line of Type A, C and D 100% electric school buses, including electric heating, for an additional reduction in GHGs.

The entire line is supported by an outstanding after-sales service team.

Furthermore, Girardin offers a full turn-key operation, including the installation of charging infrastructure, which facilitates the transition to electric school buses for its Quebec customers.

About Girardin

Girardin, a Quebec company with its North American head office in Drummondville, has specialized in the manufacture, distribution, and operation of buses for over 62 years. Bringing together more than 40 companies mainly in Quebec, Ontario as well as in the states of New York and Connecticut in the United States, the Girardin group manufactures and distributes more than 5,000 buses per year, the majority of which are manufactured in Quebec. Girardin has to its credit nearly 3,000 members of its team, a large part of which in Quebec in the manufacture and distribution of school buses and electric school buses. Girardin is a long-time partner and official distributor of BLUE BIRD school buses and MICRO BIRD minibuses, the latter being manufactured at its Drummondville plant. Strongly committed to the fight against climate change through the electrification of transport, Girardin offers the most complete range of electric school buses as well as a personalized support service for recharging infrastructure. Today, Girardin is the essential leader in alternative fuels (electric vehicles, propane and natural gas) in school, commercial, urban and adapted transport. Further information is available on the Girardin website: www.girardinbluebird.com

About Intercar

Being in the transportation industry since 1959, Intercar is one of the most prominent bus operators in Quebec with in excess of 600 employees and 280 school, long-distance, chartered and specialized buses. Intercar focuses on public transportation, reduced-mobility routes, shuttle service and Expédibus transport. Annually, more than 250 000 people use one of the other Intercar services in the Quebec, Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean and North Shore regions. For more information: intercar.ca/fr/.