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TransLink launches electric bus trial

Posted on May 16, 2017

TransLink has begun a three-month test of an electric battery-powered bus. It is one of a number of environmentally friendly bus technology trials TransLink plans to launch to help the region meet its greenhouse gas reduction goals.

The bus in this demo, supplied by BYD Canada at no cost to TransLink, uses slow-charge technology with an advertised range of approximately 250 kilometers on a single charge. It will be recharged nightly at the Vancouver Transit Centre where the electric trolley fleet is based, and will run on routes in Vancouver.

This trial allows TransLink to test the bus on its system, and assess its performance from a bus operator, maintenance, and customer-satisfaction standpoint.

“It’s fantastic to see new electric buses hit Vancouver streets as part of the Mayors’ Council’s 10-Year Vision,” said Vancouver mayor Gregor Robertson. “By replacing fossil-fuel and diesel-powered buses with zero-emission ones, we’re reducing our pollution while giving bus users cleaner and quieter rides. I’m looking forward to seeing more zero-emission buses on Metro Vancouver roads, as TransLink explores the best and greenest electric bus technology to transform its fleet.”

TransLink is developing a Low-Carbon Fleet Strategy to reduce the emissions of its fleet across the region as part of the rollout of the10-Year Vision developed by the Mayors’ Council on Regional Transportation. Already, almost half of TransLink’s fleet of approximately 1,400 buses is comprised of cleaner-technology buses, including 262 electric trolleys, 116 compressed natural gas (CNG) and 252 hybrid diesel buses.

A second electric bus trial will be launched in 2018.

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