Representatives from the Lion Electric Co. brought an electric school bus to Salt Spring Island on Jan. 29 so that personnel from the Gulf Islands School District and others in the region could enjoy a test ride and have their questions answered by the company’s vice president of sales, Canada, Benoit Morin, and products specialist David Limoges. The company, which is based in Saint J
ér ôme, Que., has more than 300 buses on the road in North America, operating mainly in Qu ébec and California.
Richard Frost, director of facilities and transportation for School District 64, left, and Benoit Morin, vice-president of sales, Canada, for the Lion Electric Co. at a stop at Fernwood during a test ride on Jan. 29. (Ron Watts photo)
Products specialist David Limoges of the Lion Electric Co. gives a quick rundown of what’s under the hood. (Gail Sjuberg photo)
View from the driver’s seat with Cowichan Valley School District bus driver Ted Myers. (Ron Watts photo)
The Lion electric bus heads out on the test ride. The blue bumper signifies that it is an electric vehicle, which is important for first responders to know. According to Salt Spring Community Energy, B.C. regulations about school bus bumper colour would need to be changed to allow blue bumpers on school buses here. (Gail Sjuberg photo)
Just a cool electric bus photo. (Gail Sjuberg photo)
Ron Watts, president of the Salt Spring Energy Group, takes a photo of the Lion electric bus as it leaves the SD64 plant services lot on Rainbow Road, as district bus driver Rick Neufeld has a quick parting word at the bus door. (Gail Sjuberg photo)
Reps from the Lion Electric Co., School District 64 (Gulf Islands), other school districts in the region and Salt Spring Community Energy pose for a photo op during a test ride of the electric bus on Jan. 29. (Ron Watts photo)
And see the
Driftwood story published last fall when the Salt Spring Community Energy group released its electric school bus feasibility study.