NEW HYBRID PUBLIC TRANSIT BUSES COMING TO QUEBEC CITY
With funding from Infrastructure Canada and the Government of the state of Quebec in Canada, the Réseau de transport de la Capitale (RTC) in Quebec City is to purchase up to 32 new hybrid midi-buses from Belgian company Van Hool.
The A330 hybrid diesel-electric vehicles are nine metres long and equipped with low-floor entrances and manual ramps. The midi buses will be equipped with a hybrid propulsion technology whose operating principle is similar to the hybrid bus used by the RTC since July 2015. RTC believes the midi buses will save fuel and emit less greenhouse gases. The vehicles will be commissioned in 2018 and will meet the environmental standards that will be in effect at that time.
The project will receive up to US$15.5 million (CA$22,759,010) in government support through the federal Gas Tax Fund and a contribution from the Government of Quebec.