Electric School Buses

As part of the province’s commitment to reduce carbon emissions, approximately one-third of the public school bus fleet in Prince Edward Island has transitioned to electric.

Prince Edward Island has 107 electric school buses from Lion Electric, a Canadian manufacturer of zero-emission vehicles.

18,000 Island students travel on school buses every day. By Investing in electric school buses, Island students can directly see – and be part of – creating a cleaner, more sustainable province.

Image of three electric school buses

What are the benefits of electric school buses?

When our children step up onto a school bus, it is important that the bus they ride supports a healthy environment and future for them and generations of Islanders to enjoy.

Electric school buses will move kids to school safely while advancing the province toward a zero-emission future:

  • Manufacturers estimate that using an electric bus compared to a standard diesel bus, reduces green house gas emissions by 23 tonnes, which is equivalent to taking approximately five cars off the road.  
  • Electric buses are healthier and safer for children who are at higher risk when exposed to fumes and exhaust.
  • And they have the potential to be powered by renewable energy resources such as solar and wind.
  • Electric school buses are cheaper to fuel and maintain over the longer term.

Improving efficiencies and reducing emissions in our school transit system will help lower the impact on our environment, while encouraging more walking and cycling to school. Electric school buses support the Sustainable Transportation Action Plan.

Published date: 
February 22, 2024
Education and Early Years

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Department of Education and Early Years
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Suite 101, 250 Water Street
Summerside, PE C1N 1B6

Phone: 902-438-4130
Fax: 902-438-4062