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Aide technique, Electric Vehicle, Technical assistance, Véhicule électrique

Development of an electric school bus

Project description

A research on heavy electric vehicle applications has identified the school bus has an obvious choice. Its predictable usage (2 or 3 hour planned route in the morning and afternoon) allows to control charging periods and to evaluate the range needed. School transport is expensive for the government since it must cover the fuels costs for the carriers. This project has the potential to eliminate fuel costs and GHG emissions. A school bus manufacturer in St-Jérôme was open to this idea. With the support of the government, the manufacturing of the first prototype of an electric school bus in North America was launched.


The main goal of the project was to convert a combustion vehicle to the electric mode in order to obtain a first prototype that could validate applicable technical solutions for the development of a final product. More precisely, the project allowed the following:

  • Performing an analysis and identify a vehicle architecture addressing specific needs
  • Designing the battery-packs
  • Integrating the components and developing an all-electric prototype and charging systems
  • Real-world testing

The vehicle has been in service for a year and has demonstrated good operating skills in extreme winter conditions.


The project confirmed the feasibility of an all-electric school bus. This bus runs daily since October 2014.

It also validated power and energy needs in extreme winter conditions in order to adequately scale the vehicles to be produced.

During the project, comments from drivers and students were also collected.

The vehicle is currently driven in North America to convince potential buyers. Many orders have already been made

More information

Equipment needed
  • Solidworks simulation
  • Matlab, Simulink
  • Parker IQAN
  • TM4 Sumo
Project manager
Funding program
  • Technoclimat
  • Government of Quebec

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