The Ontario government announced it is bringing new fully electric zero-emission GO buses into service for the first time.
Starting May 15, commuters on GO bus routes 96B (Oshawa/Finch Express), 92 (Oshawa/Yorkdale), 19 (Mississauga/North York), and 27 (Milton/North York), can travel on the zero-emission buses.
The buses will be identifiable by their unique exterior, which features a lightning bolt. Once onboard, commuters will experience a quieter ride and have access to USB chargers and seatbelts, said a provincial statement.
“The launch of these electric buses marks a significant milestone in our government’s plan to be a global leader in the electric vehicle revolution,” said Premier Doug Ford. “We’re building a strong electric vehicle supply chain, securing game changing investments in electric vehicles and battery manufacturing, and getting more electric vehicles on the road. The future is electric and we’re leading the charge.”
The new electric vehicle GO buses have been in the testing phase without passengers since December 2021. As commuters travel on the new buses, the province will continue to evaluate feedback to help inform the potential future expansion of the program and our Made-In-Ontario strategy to procure electric vehicles and low-carbon equipment.
The zero-emission battery-electric double-decker buses were designed with customer safety, convenience and comfort in mind, said a Metrolinx statement.