by Jasmine King

Global News

November 24, 2023

The City of Edmonton rolled out an electric bus fleet at the Edmonton Transit Service in 2020, looking for greener solutions when the last fleet aged out.

However, those buses have been plagued with issues and more than half are already out of service. Three years in and it hasn’t been a smooth ride.

“They right away became a problem for our operators,” said ATU 569 president Steve Bradshaw.

The transit union said they faced numerous mechanical issues, battery problems and dealt with missing parts. Many of the drivers couldn’t even get behind the wheel.

“The configuration of the cab is such that it suits people of a sort of average stature, but if you’re small or large it doesn’t suit you at all,” Bradshaw said.

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