Electric buses on Brampton roads on the way

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Time for change!

In 2018 when Brampton is expected to get its first electric buses the air quality could improve.

The city’s transit authority is set to purchase up to 10 battery-electric buses and four high-powered overhead electric charging stations at a cost of $13.6 million which was approved by council.

The new 100 per cent battery electric buses are slated to run along routes 23 Sandalwood and 26 Mount Pleasant, with new overhead charging stations at the Mount Pleasant Village terminal, the Queen Street/ Highway 50 Züm station, and the Sandalwood Transit Facility.

Brampton Transit currently operates a fleet of 407 buses, including conventional diesel and 99 diesel-electric hybrid Zu¨m buses.

Another benefit is reduced maintenance cost. Maintenance on electric buses is estimated to be 50 per cent less than conventional diesel buses, said staff.

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Electric buses take approximately three to five minutes to fully charge using smart-grid technology. – CINEWS

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