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VT orders four 30-ft., cold-weather electric buses from Quebec

The Electrip bus by Letenda

The Vermont Agency of Transportation has awarded a contract to Quebec-based Letenda for 4 Electrip buses, a 30-foot (9-meter) 100% electric bus.

The order is Letenda’s first in the United States, a company statement said. The buses will likely be delivered in 2023. A $9.2 million federal grant will cover the purchase cost, plus related costs, of a total of nine Letenda e-buses, the Vermont Dept. of Transportation said August 30.

The buses will be delivered to Green Mountain Transit (GMT) and Marble Valley Regional Transit District (MVRTD) and will be in service in the cities of Burlington and Rutland. These 4 vehicles are added to the 22 electric buses in Vermont already in circulation or in the process of being supplied. 

The Electrip’s superior energy efficiency allows it to provide excellent performance in winter conditions, which was a major criterion in Letenda’s selection, Letenda said. The battery and drive train is provided by Cummins, an Indiana-based diesel and electric engine transportation firm. A quick Internet search revealed no reported safety problems with either Letenda buses or Cummins electric engines or batteries. However, a diesel engine model was recalled by Cummins in 2021 for safety problems.

“Vermont is committed to combating climate change and electrifying the transportation sector is an important piece of the puzzle. Vermont is proud to become the first recipient in the U.S of Letenda electric buses, which helps show our dedication to these efforts. It is critical that we show our commitment with the investments we choose to make. I want to thank our partners, including Letenda, for their work to build a greener future,” said Gov. Phil Scott.

Letenda is a Québec-based zero-emission bus manufacturer founded in 2016. For more information on Letenda, visit http://www.letenda.com.

The smaller bus represents a trend towards more routes and smaller numbers of passengers. The Vermont Agency of Transportation is also expanding its ‘micro-transit’ pilot to five communities. Earlier this year, Montpelier was the pilot city for an Uber-like ride-hailing program. At $20/per ride, it’s more expensive per passenger but reduces the wear and tear on larger buses, which often were empty or nearly so.

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  1. Can those paying for them know how much they will cost? Kind of an important item to be left out of the article.

    • The real number is cost per occupied seat-mile. Since this is 100% tax dollars (fed or state, still come out of our pockets) ridership is the factor in determining cost. We’ll never see these numbers- as the numbers don’t justify the expense. It may be cheaper to the taxpayer to purchase each rider a Nissan Leaf car…
      Anything ‘green’ cannot function without subsidy, be it a bus service or solar and wind generation. This is why Vermont’s GWSA and biden’s policies must make hydrocarbon fuels prohibitively expensive- the numbers won’t work any other way.
      Vermont’s New Amtrak route is another fantastic waste of taxpayer dollars- Now about a month into service, the novelty should start wearing off and riders declining- with the cost per passenger rising to insane levels. These public transportation boondoggles make for good virtue-signaling and not much else.

  2. And Vermont saves the world, yet again! Lol. Electric buses are the key to preserving all of humanity, (except millions of babies, the disabled, & the elderly of course) ensuring unceasing numbers of abortions, and permanently denying God. Or something like that…

    Now, tell me again – where are these batteries manufactured, how exactly are they produced & with what materials, and how do we dispose of them once they are depleted?

  3. Good intentions are the most over rated of every government (us) expenditure of other peoples money.
    I too would like to see the differential per bus vs diesel or LPG fueled alternative as well as per passenger mile costs.
    Another good intented boondoggle!

  4. If I may play moonbat advocate here, let’s think of this as a demonstration project that is out in the open for all to see about the feasibility of heavy duty battery-powered vehicles. Sure it will be expensive but the advantage to having battery buses is eliminating particulate-laden diesel exhaust, which has been a health concern for years. The big question is about transparency. Will we the beleaguered Vermont taxpayers be privy to the details and a valid comparison to the status-quo diesel buses regarding overall operating cost, performance, rider comfort and operating lifetime? It will hopefully be useful information as we transition, willingly or otherwise to electric vehicles.

  5. “Letenda is a Québec-based zero-emission bus manufacturer founded in 2016”. Even the company name is a lie. Zero emissions are not possible. Construction of parts, mining of environmentally dangerous cobalt and lithium, transportation provided by diesel trucks, coal and biofuel (wood chips) burned to produce electricity to charge the huge battery and the elimination of the toxic battery after it dies. No wonder kids are confused. Add this to transgender lies and the climate change cult religion and you have kids indoctrinated just for riding a bus to school. Schools are now the useful idiot factories for braindead future adults.

  6. Couple of things to consider here. Even tho it’s too late to consider them.
    1- If the electric grid goes down or we have an ice storm that knocks the power off, how do they get charged? Gas powered generators?
    2- Has anyone ever seen a lithium mine or a landfill full of leaky batteries? Birds drop dead when flying over the waste.
    3- Research the crimes against humanity (including young children) that is occurring to mine the environmentally dangerous materials for the batteries needed to run these vehicles. Slavery is alive and well in this industry. The work is extremely dangerous and physically demanding, and children are being used to do it, as well as adult men who need to feed their families.
    I agree with Dano’s reply- “Zero-emissions is a lie.” We are falling for it because it’s wrapped up on a pretty package called Green Energy. There’s nothing green about this. Just like the monstrous windmill parts that sit in landfills and don’t ever breakdown. Never! People are trying to figure out a way to crush them up and add them to decking material but we are a long way from getting that done. The gas and electric powered machinery needed for that task hasn’t been created yet.
    In the mean time….

    • Turn them into diving boards April K and have every politician involved take the leap…long swim back to shore……..

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