Today City Council approved the purchase of up to ten battery-electric buses and four high powered overhead on-street electric charging stations.
The Pan-Ontario Electric Bus Demonstration & Integration Trial is a unique partnership model that is the first of its kind; involving multiple levels of government, bus manufacturers, system integrators and funding partners collaborating in an unprecedented way on breakthrough technology to improve the environment. Project partners include the Canadian Urban Transit Research and Innovation Consortium (CUTRIC), suppliers of the fully electric buses Nova Bus and New Flyer, and charging station manufacturers ABB and Siemens.
The new 100 per cent battery electric buses will be launched on two existing conventional routes in Brampton, routes 23 Sandalwood and 26 Mount Pleasant, with new overhead charging stations at the Mount Pleasant Village terminal, the Queen Street/ Highway 50 Züm station, and the Sandalwood Transit Facility.
The fully electric buses could hit Brampton’s streets as early as spring 2018. Total capital costs for the project are anticipated at $13.6 million. These costs are expected to be offset through funding from other levels of government.
This investment demonstrates the City’s commitment to a connected, innovative, inclusive and bold Brampton. The partnership will result in a better understanding of battery electric bus technology and will prepare Brampton Transit to meet the future growth demands of the City, reduce fuel costs and reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.