The City needs $75 million to charge their electric Brampton Transit buses

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Published November 26, 2021 at 1:27 pm

While the City plans to continue the expansion of electric Brampton Transit buses next year, there is still a need for funding for charging infrastructure.

This past summer, the City secured up to $400 million in funding to expand the number of electric buses to as many as 450 by 2027.

The money will come from the Canada Infrastructure Bank—it will be one of the largest investments in electric transit vehicles in the country—and the City will be able to repay it largely with the savings in fuel costs.

However, the City is still in need of an additional $75 million in order to fund the necessary infrastructure to facilitate charging these buses.

“It’s great to have the electric buses, but we need to charge them, and to be able to retrofit a facility to have capacity for electric charging costs $75 million,” Brown said in an interview with Insauga.com Publisher Khaled Iwamura.

This past week, Brown was in Ottawa to meet with Dominic LeBlanc, the Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs, Infrastructure and Communities, regarding additional funding for this charging infrastructure.

While there has been no official confirmation that Ottawa will provide funding for the project, Brown seems optimistic it will happen.

“I told the minister of infrastructure that we need his support on this, and he pledged to us that he would work on it,” Brown said.

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