GIRARDIN IS ELECTRIFYING BEAUCE REGION
Drummondville, November 4, 2021 - Students from Beauce and Chaudiere-Appalaches' regions will soon be transported to school in brand-new electric school buses.
DEPLOYMENT OF 35 ELECTRIC SCHOOL BUSES
Thanks to a commitment to purchase 35 electric school buses, municipalities in the Beauce and Chaudière-Appalaches regions will soon transport their students in brand-new electric school buses.
Girardin, a family-business and leader in electrification of transportation in Quebec, is proud to announce that Autobus des Érables and Autobus Landry Ltd located in Sainte-Marie-de-Beauce have committed to a 35 electric school buses order. The transaction implies that the Blue Bird's and Micro Bird's buses serve schools in the Beauce-Etchemin School Board riding students in the Frampton, Scott, St-Elzear, Vallee-Junction, Saint-Georges, Notre-Dame-des-Pins and St-Come-Liniere municipalities.
This agreement will span on a three-year period and will start with the acquisition of 21 72-passenger Blue Bird Vision SEV electric school buses (Type C) and 2 30-passenger Micro Bird G5e minibuses for the 2021/2022 school year.
This comes to fruition as part of the Quebec Government's Plan for a Green Economy program instaured to accelerate the electrification of school transportation in the province. An envelope of $250.7 million dollars is available to bus operators up to 2024. The program aims at electrifying 65% of the entire Quebec school bus fleet before 2030.
We estimate that with these 35 electric school buses, the Beauce region will contribute to a reduction of 9600 tons of GHG within the buses' lifespan.
"Autobus Landry is proud to participate in this important transition in collaboration with Girardin. This is a new step that will reduce our environmental footprint while continuing to transport safely future generations."
Rene Landry, President, Autobus Landry
" Girardin is pleased to be working alongside Autobus Landry and Autobus des Erables in converting their bus fleet to electric, and therefore contribute to electrifying the Beauce region. Beauce's bus operators can stand by Girardin's know-how when converting their fleet to electric."
Michel Daneault, VP Sales & Service covering Eastern Canada for Girardin in Drummondville
Girardin and its partners Micro Bird in Drummondville, Ecotuned in Varennes and Blue Bird Cummins PowerDriveTM make up a complete electric school bus offering of Type A, C and D, 100% electric, including heating for an additional GHG reduction.
The complete line of vehicles is supported by a world-class after-sale service team with locations in Drummondville (QC), Brantford (ON) and dedicated service centers in the Maritimes.
With its division GIRARDIN ENERGY, Girardin offers a turn-key service accompanying clients for infrastructures implementation, with the objective in mind to facilitate bus operators such as Autobus Landry and Autobus des Erables' transition toward electric.
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