The first electric school buses have taken to the roads in British Columbia (BC).

Students in the Sooke School District are the first to commute on the buses which produce zero carbon dioxide emissions and are much more cost-effective to operate over time compared to diesel-fuelled vehicles.

By the end of the school year 18 electric school buses will be transporting around 1,300 BC students to and from school every day in 13 school districts.

“Electric school buses produce zero emissions and also support CleanBC’s target to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 40 percent by the year 2030, helping build a cleaner, healthier future for all of us,” said Premier John Horgan, MLA for Langford-Juan de Fuca.