TransLink is introducing four zero-emission, battery-electric buses on Vancouver, Burnaby, and New Westminster routes. Six more are on the way.
The battery-electric buses can be charged in approximately five minutes, and each bus is expected to reduce 100 tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions. As much as $40,000 in fuel costs saving are expected compared to a conventional diesel bus, TransLink said.
This battery-electric bus pilot is a part of the TransLink Tomorrow Program to help improve mobility in Metro Vancouver.
TransLink said the pilot projects put it closer toward reaching its goal of operating a fleet with 100 per cent renewable energy by 2050. Alongside lower emissions, customers can expect a smoother and quieter ride, the agency said.
The pilot will begin operating on Route 100 between 22nd Street Bus Exchange and the Marpole Loop. The 30-month pilot will evaluate bus performance, maintenance, and customer experience.
“This pilot is a major milestone towards achieving our sustainability targets,” says TransLink CEO Kevin Desmond. “Our iconic trolleybuses have been running on electricity since 1948 and we’re proud to integrate the first battery-electric buses to our fleet. These buses are a testament to a strong partnership and the common goal of creating a cleaner and greener future.”
A global first, this pilot will also test the cross compatibility between the buses and charging station equipment provided by four separate manufacturers: New Flyer, Nova Bus, ABB and Siemens. Government of Canada and BC Hydro has funded the project.