TransLink Electric Bus Demonstration and Integration Trial

Lead Proponent: TransLink
Location: Vancouver, BC
EIP Contribution: $ 1,200,000
Project Total: $ 7,798,000
Strategic Area: Electric Vehicle Infrastructure Demonstrations

Project Objectives:

The main objective of this project will be to demonstrate an overhead bus charging system to support electric buses in downtown Vancouver and the route to Burnaby.

The project will install, operate and maintain two high-powered, overhead charging stations with one on-route and an in-depot charging solution for four (4) electric-battery buses. The four electric-battery buses will provide service on Route 100 Marpole Loop – 22nd Street Station serving the City of Vancouver, City of Burnaby and City of New Westminster.

During the trial, data will be gathered and analyzed to determine the overall performance of the charging stations, efficiency of the electric-battery buses, and requirements for future deployments of electric-battery buses.

Expected Results:

This project will accelerate the development of international standards for overhead charging systems associated with heavy-duty buses, as well as provide utilities and transit agencies with access to data associated with electric bus fleet operations.

Real-world vehicle and charger data will help transit agencies, bus manufacturers, as well as utilities and charging system developers, gain new knowledge that informs their respective organizations about the commercial and technical potential for integrated, standardized electric bus charging systems for the future.

In addition, this project will lead to Canadian job growth in the clean tech and zero-emissions transportation sector, and contribute to long-term solutions to reducing and eliminating air pollutants from transit operations.

Project Partners:

Seimens
ABB
New Flyer
NovaBus
City of Vancouver
BC Hydro
CUTRIC

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