Toronto Transit Commission 3750-3759
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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.
On May 19, 2018, the order for 10 buses from BYD was signed. 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 BYD. The first ten buses from BYD are expected to be delivered in the fourth 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.
The buses' bodies are based on the pre-2016 K9M body instead of the current K9MC, but features the sloped front and rear rooflines of the K9MC body. Inside, unlike the other two models of battery-electric buses purchased for the head-to-head comparison, these buses feature USSC Gemini seating.
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 were delivered to Eglinton division. The first two units (3750 and 3754) were delivered in January 2020. The remaining 8 buses were delivered in February 2020. These buses were manufactured at the new BYD plant in Newmarket, Ontario.
- 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.
- BYD Rolls Out First of 10 Zero-Emission Buses for Toronto Transit Commission 28 January 2020. BYD.
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