Keolis Canada becomes largest operator of all-electric type C school buses in North America

Keolis Canada is proud to announce that it has ordered 12 all-electric Type C school buses from The Lion Electric Co., which represents one of the largest transactions in the Quebec truck and bus manufacturer’s history. This transaction is on track with public opinion, as 92% of Quebeckers want school boards and schools to increase their use of electric buses. With this order, Keolis Canada will become the operator of the most Type C electric school buses. Type C is the standard school-bus model in North America with a 72-seat capacity.

A strong partnership continues

In 2016, Keolis Canada purchased two LionC electric school buses from The Lion Electric Co. After two years of successful operation, Keolis Canada has renewed its confidence in the Quebec manufacturer by purchasing 12 new electric school buses. The vehicles will be deployed starting in 2019 on Montreal’s North Shore, specifically in the territory of the Commission scolaire des Affluents.

Keolis Canada’s 14 electric school buses with a 72-passenger capacity will travel 448,000 kilometres a year and transport 770 students from the Commission scolaire des Affluents school board. Their range is up to 250 km per charge. Overall, these 14 buses will allow the company to cut 3,864 tonnes of CO2 over the vehicles’ lifetimes.

With this new purchase, Keolis Canada is showing its commitment to sustainable mobility through enduring, innovative and effective transportation solutions. The order that Keolis Canada announced today is in line with its desire to be a key player in territories that want to speed up their energy transition and to work with them to develop the best sustainable mobility solutions for their local constraints.

The LionC electric buses and their recognizable blue bumpers are manufactured and fully assembled in Quebec, in Saint-Jérôme. They are the only electric Type C school vehicles manufactured in North America that can provide optimal transportation conditions in any weather.

Quebeckers want electric transportation

In the context of this transaction, The Lion Electric Co. surveyed Quebeckers and received a clear message: they want more electric transportation.

  • 92% of Quebeckers think that electric transportation is a good way to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
  • 93% think that governments should encourage the electrification of transportation.
  • 93% think that switching from diesel buses to electric buses would improve air quality.
  • 87% think that diesel bus emissions have a negative impact on the health of children who take these vehicles.

We are very excited to transport a new generation of Quebec children in the Lanaudière region with these electric school buses. Keolis is actively engaged in promoting better living in the territories it serves and puts a lot of energy into developing and deploying new electric transportation methods because, for us, they represent the future of public transit and our vision of the transportation of tomorrow.


Patrick Gilloux, President and Chief Operating Officer of Keolis Canada

The Commission scolaire des Affluents is very pleased that our transporter, Keolis Canada, has purchased these electric buses to use in our territory. Thanks to this initiative, every day hundreds of children will be taken to school and back home in an environment that is healthier for them and for the planet.


Thomas Duzyk, Chair of the Commission scolaire des Affluents

We are very pleased to work with Keolis Canada on its commitment to sustainable transportation. We hope that this transaction inspires anyone looking for an economical, sustainable and environmentally friendly transportation solution to turn to electrification.


Marc Bédard, President-Founder of The Lion Electric Co.