City of Edmonton Zero-Emission Buses

Public Transit
Edmonton, Alberta
$14.4 million (financial close)
City of Edmonton

Edmonton’s shift toward more sustainable transportation

The City of Edmonton will add 20 new zero-emission buses (ZEBs) to the Edmonton Transit Service (ETS).

Fast facts

Lower carbon footprint for City of Edmonton
Reduces operating costs compared to aging diesel buses
More access to quieter and environmentally friendly buses

The 20 ZEBs will replace diesel vehicles reaching their end of life. Once in service, ETS will have a fleet of 60 ZEBs.

ETS’s zero-emission buses are quieter and are expected to have lower maintenance and fuelling costs compared to equivalent diesel vehicles. The buses contribute to Edmonton’s shift toward more sustainable transportation, lowering its carbon footprint while providing a high-quality transit service for users.

Our investment will finance a portion of the ZEB purchase and we will be repaid from cost savings, as measured against the cost of an equivalent diesel bus.

The investment supports Canada’s economy by creating new manufacturing opportunities and spin off economic benefits across the supply chain.

Benefits of CIB involvement

Our Zero-Emission Buses Initiative assists transit agencies and school bus school bus operators in transitioning their fleets to modern, environmentally friendly vehicles. Our financing, in the form of direct loans and innovative aggregators, can cover the higher upfront capital cost of ZEBs versus diesel buses, with repayment coming only from actual savings generating by operating ZEBs instead of diesel buses. We enable partners to take advantage of flexible financing options to modernize their bus fleets on an accelerated basis.

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City of Edmonton

The success of our economy, public health, and quality of life all depend on Edmonton making a shift to a low carbon future which is why this investment by the Canada Infrastructure Bank is so crucial. In addition to supporting our economic recovery, this investment in zero-emission public transit and greener buildings helps ensure Edmonton is making tangible gains in its goal to become a competitive, low-carbon City of the future.

Don Iveson, Mayor
Edmonton Transit Service

We’re excited to be on the forefront of transit electrification in Canada and to offer Edmontonians a clean, quiet and comfortable ride. Electric buses not only contribute to a more sustainable transportation option for our riders, but also cost savings for taxpayers through lower operating and maintenance expenses.

Carrie Hotton-MacDonald, Branch Manager