Letenda announces its first order for electric buses in the United States
Letenda has announced its first electric bus order to date in the United States. The Vermont Agency of Transportation will award a contract for four 30-foot Electrip electric buses.
“We believe in the importance of supporting transport companies in their transition to the electrification of public transport in order to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. We are proud to be part of the solution by supporting our customers: Green Mountain Transit (GMT) and Marble Valley Regional Transit (MVRTD) as well as the State of Vermont in its efforts towards a zero emissions economy. Quebec and the state of Vermont have a similar climate and proximity that invites an exceptional opportunity for collaboration,” said Nicolas Letendre, President and CEO of Letenda.
These vehicles 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 four vehicles are in addition to the 22 electric buses already in circulation or in the process of being supplied by pursuing the objective of reducing pollution.
“Vermont is committed to addressing climate change, and electrifying the transportation sector is an important piece of the puzzle. Vermont is proud to become the first recipient in the United States of Letenda electric buses, which shows our dedication to these efforts. It is essential that we show our commitment with the investments we choose to make. I would like to thank our partners, including Letenda, for their work to build a greener future,” said the Governor of the Vermont, Phil Scott.
The energy efficiency of the Electrip allows it to offer performance in winter conditions, which was a major criterion in the choice of Letenda. The move also reflects the state of Vermont’s goal to help companies trying to introduce more electric vehicle options to the U.S. market.
Joe Flynn, Secretary of the Vermont State Transportation Agency, added, “VTrans is excited to add four Letenda electric buses to our fleet, which already has four electric buses in use statewide and 14 more which will be delivered soon. Green Mountain Transit and Marble Valley Regional Transit District will work together to source these vehicles from Letenda, with delivery likely in 2023. We thank the Federal Transit Administration, our transit providers, regional utility companies, and Letenda for having worked towards our common goals of reducing pollution, improving user experience and reducing our dependence on fossil fuels. »