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In 2016, the City of Toronto made a commitment to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. For the TTC's part, they committed to procuring fully-electric buses, with a target for a zero-emissions fleet by 2040. The TTC issued a Request for Information (RFI) in early September 2017 to survey the battery-electric bus industry. Three manufactures of long-range electric buses (BYD Auto, New Flyer, and Proterra) were identified. It was proposed that the TTC procure ten buses from each manufacturer for a long-term trial. This would allow them to verify all aspects of bus's performance.
From April 16 to 20, 2018, all three manufacturers sent demonstrator buses to the TTC. They were displayed at the Hillcrest Complex, Leslie Barns, and each bus division. On April 21, the public had a chance to view the buses during Ward 4 Community Environment Day at Richview Collegiate Institute.
At its June 12, 2018 Board Meeting, the Commission approved the purchase of a further 30 buses from all three manufacturers. Ten of these buses were purchased from Proterra. The first ten buses from Proterra are expected to be delivered in the third quarter of 2019.
Due to repeated delays in the delivery schedule by BYD, the TTC has decided to not exercise options for additional buses by BYD and was able to negotiate with both New Flyer and Proterra to increase their orders by 5 buses each so that the TTC will still receive a total of 60 eBuses in 2019. The TTC will receive 25 eBuses from New Flyer, 25 eBuses from Proterra, and 10 eBuses from BYD.
In addition to being the first TTC conventional buses with a fiberglass and composite body structure, these buses are the first in the fleet to have slide-out rear doors as opposed to slide-guide or swing-out rear doors, operated using two pairs of pushbutton switches mounted on both the exterior and the interior of the bus (although the exterior buttons were covered prior to entry into service). They are the first conventional buses since the Orion VIs to have rear windows. Inside, the seats on the low-floor section (with the exception of the rearmost row of seats on the driver's side) are all arranged longitudinally, and they are the first conventional buses in the TTC fleet with padded backrests in addition to padded seat cushions.
As with recent bus orders, these buses were delivered with dual LCD information screens, the Computer-Aided Dispatch and Automatic Vehicle Location (CAD/AVL) Vehicle Information System and Integrated Operations Network (VISION) system, and USB chargers mounted under certain seats. Like previous past bus orders, all units in this series are equipped with bike racks, interior and exterior CCTV cameras, and driver barriers.
These buses are currently being delivered to Mount Dennis division. The first 10 buses were delivered between August and September 2019. The remaining 15 buses have commenced delivery in February 2020.
The TTC will initially deploy its battery-electric buses on routes that are 75km in length or shorter .
This series is currently operating out of Mount Dennis division. They may appear on routes: 6 Bay, 32 Eglinton West, 41 Keele, 47 Lansdowne, 71 Runnymede, 77 Swansea, 79 Scarlett Rd, 89 Weston, 141 Downtown/Mt Pleasant Express, 161 Rogers Rd, 168 Symington, 505 Dundas, and 989 Weston Express.
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- Green Bus Technology Plan. 13 November 2017. Toronto Transit Commission.
- Chief Executive Officer’s Report –July2018 Update. 10 July 2018. Toronto Transit Commission.
- Toronto Transit Commission CEO’s Report October 2018. October 2018. Toronto Transit Commission.
- Financial Update for the Period Ended May 4, 2019 and Major Projects Update. 12 June 2019. Toronto Transit Commission.
- TTC marks environmental milestone as 1st electric bus enters service. June 2019. CBC.
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