Brampton Transit welcomed the first of eight Nova electric buses, which will be on the roads in spring, at its Sandalwood facility today.
The battery electric buses with zero tailpipe emissions will be launched on routes 23 Sandalwood and 26 Mount Pleasant.
The eBuses are battery-powered by electricity, with electric motors, no transmission and zero tailpipe emissions, and each bus takes just three to seven minutes to charge fully.
Four high-powered (450 kWh) overhead pantograph on-route charging stations will be launched at the Mount Pleasant Village terminal, the Queen Street/Highway 50 Züm station and the Sandalwood Transit Facility, the City said in a statement issued on Thursday.
“This is a very exciting development in the milestone Pan-Canadian Battery Electric Bus Demonstration and Integration Trial in Brampton,” said Mayor Patrick Brown. “Brampton is a Green City and we are proud to collaborate with CUTRIC and various project partners to further enhance the sustainability and connectedness of our transit network through this global-first electric bus project.”
“We are on a journey to reduce greenhouse gas emissions generated in Brampton by 80 per cent by 2050,” added Paul Vicente, Regional Councillor, Wards 1 & 5, and Chair of Public Works and Engineering. “These buses will save approximately 235 tonnes of C02 per year, per bus.”
In 2019, Catherine McKenna, Minister of Environment and Climate Change, announced $11.15 million in funding towards Phase 1 of the pilot project, which will test battery electric buses in Brampton this spring. The entire project will cost an estimated $15.96 million.
Then on June 10, 2020, Brampton City Council approved plans for Brampton Transit’s fully electric transit maintenance and storage facility, a milestone in the City of Brampton’s commitment to being a Green City. Brampton Transit’s third facility is projected to be one of the largest new bus facilities in North America constructed to help support a fully electric, zero-emissions bus fleet in the future.
This new facility is targeted for construction in two phases starting in 2022, with Phase 1 completion estimated for late 2024. Phase 1 of the new facility is expected to store approximately 250 buses, and Phase 2 is expected to store an additional 188 buses, for a total of 438 buses. The construction of this facility, including full electrification requirements, is contingent upon receiving funding from other levels of government, City officials said at the time.