Bus network electrification

40 new electric buses

September 21, 2017, STM announced it will speed up its strategy for electrifying its surface transit system by going ahead with the purchase of 40 electric buses in a variety of types and using different technologies. More details in the press release.


Did you know that in 2013, transportation in Québec accounted for 43% of greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) and 76% of all consumed petroleum products?

These findings led the city of Montréal and the Government of Québec to set GHG reduction targets, with levels 30% lower by 2020 and 37.5% lower by 2030. And in the wake of these targets comes Québec’s new energy policy that aims to reduce consumption of petroleum products by 40% in Québec by 2030. More than ever, we are called upon to play a key role in reaching these goals. But how?

  • By expanding the offer of public transportation and promoting it, in an effort to encourage more motorists to use public transit.
  • By gradually moving our surface fleet toward electrification. From 2025 on, if the technology is available, we are committed to acquiring only 100% electric vehicles to reach zero GHG emissions by 2040.
  • By replacing some of our service vehicles with hybrid or electric-drive models.

According to our experts, the future of electric buses cannot be limited to a single technology that meets all needs. Several recharging technologies might be needed to handle public transit’s diverse requirements, further underscoring the importance of conducting tests and demonstration projects. We are searching for the right technology that combines quality with ride experience and meets our specific operational needs. Next test: the City Mobility electric buses project !

What's next ?

Electric buses

City Mobility is: two quick-charging stations and three 100% electric buses.

More information about City Mobility

Hybrid buses

Since the ende of 2017, 158 biodiesel-electric hybrid buses have been travelling the city streets. By 2018, their number should represent about 12% of the overall fleet.

More information about hybrid buses

Keep in mind that:

  • These are not our first steps in the area of electrification. In 2014, an electric bus from Chinese firm BYD was used in passenger service for the purpose of showcasing the technology. The goal of the project was to assess the performance of its green energy and the vehicle’s reliability under our climate and road conditions.
  • Compared to cars that are parked 95% of the time, buses are in operation more than 80% of the time. Given the heavy weight of buses, meeting the challenge of electrification will rely on industry’s ability to develop highly efficient and reliable technologies.

Electrification brings even more benefits

  • Support the growth for Québec industries
  • Reduced dependence on oil
  • Use of clean (non-polluting) energy produced in Quebec
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