Quebec-based bus manufacturer, Letenda has announced its first order for electric buses in the US with a contract to supply 4 Electrip buses for the Vermont Agency of Transportation (VTrans).
The 30-foot 100% electric buses will be delivered to Green Mountain Transit (GMT) and Marble Valley Regional Transit District (MVRTD) for use in the cities of Burlington and Rutland.
The 4 vehicles will join the 22 electric buses already in circulation or in the process of being supplied to the agencies.
“VTrans is excited to add four Letenda electric buses to our fleet, which already has four electric buses in use statewide and another 14 to be delivered soon. Green Mountain Transit and Marble Valley Regional Transit District will work together to procure these vehicles from Letenda, with delivery likely in 2023. We thank the Federal Transit Administration, our public transit providers, the regional utility companies, and Letenda for working toward our shared goals of decreasing pollution, improving the ridership experience, and reducing our dependence on fossil fuels.”
The Electrip is specifically designed to withstand winter conditions, which was a significant factor in Letenda’s selection.
This decision also reflects the state of Vermont’s goal to help companies introduce more electric vehicle options and manufacturers to the US market.
“We believe in the importance of supporting transit companies in their transition to the electrification of public transit to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. We are proud to be part of the solution by supporting our customers: Green Mountain Transit (GMT) and Marble Valley Regional Transit District (MVRTD) as well as the state of Vermont in its efforts towards a zero emissions economy. Québec and the state of Vermont have a similar climate and proximity that invite an exceptional opportunity for collaboration.”
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