New Flyer’s Electric Bus Gets $3.4M from Ottawa

Paul Soubry, CEO of New Flyer Industries, Sailesh Thaker, VP, Industry and Stakeholder Relations, SDTC, and Lawrence Toet, MP for Elmwood-Transcona. (HANDOUT)

Winnipeg’s New Flyer Industries is receiving a $3.4-million boost from Ottawa to develop and implement rapid-charge battery-electric bus propulsion technology.

The funding announcement was made Friday in the city and will help New Flyer build four electric buses and a high-capacity charging station.

Winnipeg Transit will test a small fleet of the buses in 2014 to try out the new technology. New Flyer already has one prototype built, which is showed off at its Kernaghan Avenue facility this morning.

The federal investment comes from Sustainable Development Technology Canada (SDTC), which supports clean Canadian technologies.

— Staff

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