Pan-Canadian Electric-Bus Demonstration and Integration Trial

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The Pan-Canadian Electric-Bus Demonstration and Integration Trial is an initiative facilitated by the Canadian Urban Transit Research and Innovation Consortium (CUTRIC) to study and promote electric-powered buses in the across Canada. The trial will look into the various technologies available and how electric buses can help the municipalities meet their greenhouse gas emissions targets. Initiated by Ontario on April 25, 2016, Premier Kathleen Wynne announced $10 million in funding over four years for the project. The funding was part of a $400-million Business Growth Initiative meant to promote an innovation-based economy.[1]

Leading the initiative was Brampton Transit. Seven other transit agencies also expressed interest early on. In 2017, York Region Transit confirmed its involvement in the trial as did TransLink. Phase I of the trial was officially launched in Vancouver on April 12, 2018. It encompasses 18 standardized and interoperable electric buses, seven standardized and interoperable overhead chargers, and five routes in three cities.

Participants

Transit agency Vehicle Quantity Scheduled delivery Notes
Brampton Transit New Flyer
Nova Bus LFSe
6
2
2020 Unknown whether XE40 or XE60 were ordered
To be used on routes 23 and 26.
TransLink New Flyer XE40
Nova Bus LFSe
2
2
2019 To be used on route 100.
York Region Transit New Flyer XE40
Nova Bus LFSe
4
2
2020 To be used on routes 44 and 55.

Future Orders

Transit agency Vehicle Quantity Scheduled delivery Notes
TransLink Nova Bus LFSe+ 15 2021 To be used on route 100.
Base order for 6 units and 9 options were originally for 2020[2]

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