365 days and 8,781 charges later

On May 24, one year ago, our first 100% electric bus hit the road. 365 days later, the project is going well, and the technology is being tested as planned in the demonstration project.

  • 8,781 charges
  • 113 fewer tons of GHG, the equivalent of driving 500,000 km by car
  • 3 minutes on average per recharge
  • 94,666 km travelled
  • Clients and drivers appreciated the electric buses (99% and 75%)
  • 70 % perceive that their experience is improved

All customers of the 36 Monk line appreciate the new buses. Three-quarters of users feel the experience is even better than on regular buses.

4 new electric buses

The three buses will be monitored until December 31, 2019. Furthermore, from now until the project’s completion, the 36 Monk line will be served only by electric buses thanks to the purchase of four additional buses.

We will then conduct a review which will contribute to the discussion about the electrification of our bus fleet, since as of 2025, all new buses that we order will be electric.

Now testing three electric buses

36 - Monk

Three electric buses are now running on the 36 – Monk line. You can easily recognize an electric bus thanks to distinctive colours that illustrate its environmental qualities. You're going to love theses buses:

  • Zero GHG emissions
  • Quieter ride
  • Air conditioned
  • Made in Québec

You wonder how these buses can run all day long? It's because they charge in 5 minutes max, at the begining and end of the line using a quick-charging station!

How does it work? Find out in this video.

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City Mobility, testing three electric buses in Montréal

The City Mobility demonstration project was initiated by Volvo Group and its North American division, Nova Bus. The purpose of the program is to bring together the expertise of public and private stakeholders in a joint project to electrify public transportation. City Mobility is present is nine cities and Montréal is the first city in North America to take part in the project.

For Montréal, the City Mobility project means the installation of two quick-charging stations along the 36 – Monk bus route to operate three fully electric Nova buses.

The three electric buses and charging equipment will continue to undergo testing until December 31, 2019. This demonstration period will help us learn more about the quick-charging technology.

So what comes next ?

With the purchase of 40 electric buses in a variety of types and using different technologies we will speed up our strategy for electrifying the surface transit system in light of all electric bus purchases from 2025 on, if the technology is available.


In addition to the three electric buses currently running on the 36 Monk line, our fleet will soon be increased. Specifically, through a number of calls for bids, STM will acquire:

  • Four standard, quick-charging electric buses (40 feet) to make the 36 – Monk bus route entirely electric
  • 30 slow-charging electric buses (40 feet), including a first series one, for the purpose of assigning them to different bus lines
  • Four midibuses (30 feet), a mid-size vehicle bigger than a minibus yet smaller than a standard bus, to operate on the 212 Sainte-Anne de Bellevue bus line, as its route is well suited to this type of vehicle.
  • 2 vehicules for the Transport adapté.

More details in the press release

You have questions, we have answers!

NO, electric buses will only be operated on the 36 – Monk bus line, as the quick-charging stations are located at each end of the line.

Prior to choosing this method, a number of studies were conducted. We had to take several criteria into consideration in order to test a technology that met every aspect of our operating environment, for example, the transit experience for customers and drivers, service planning and delivery, maintenance, and more. Quick-charging technology using a pantograph is a proven method in Europe and it matches well with our needs, in addition to having proven itself under winter conditions.

How does it work?

It’s a simple manœuvre: once the bus pulls up at its stop and into position below the recharging station, the pantograph extends and lowers itself next to the roof of the bus. Through conduction, the batteries of the bus are recharged. Once done, the arm retracts itself and the bus turns around for its next run. The bus will charge up its batteries again at the other end of the line, over and over again, throughout the day. At night, buses are plugged into slow recharging stations that allow the batteries to be fully recharged.

Montréal’s City Mobility project has a $16.7 M budget, with $11.9 M in financial support from the Québec Ministry of Transport, Sustainable Mobility and Transportation Electrification, $100,000 from Hydro-Québec and a $4.7 M contribution from STM. Further making this project possible, Volvo and Nova Bus have invested $8 M into research and development of an electric bus transportation system.

Cité Mobility in images 

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