Natural Resources Canada (NRCan) has granted Brampton Transit and Canadian Urban Transit Research and Innovation Consortium (CUTRIC) $11.15 million in federal funding. Brampton Transit, which serves part of the greater Toronto area, will use the funds to purchase eight electric buses and four OppCharge-compliant overhead charging systems. Six of the electric buses will be New Flyer’s Xcelsior model. Three of the chargers will be from ABB and one from Siemens.
The purchase solidifies Brampton Transit’s participation in CUTRIC’s Pan-Canadian Electric Bus Demonstration and Integration Trial, which is designed to test the interoperability of electric transit vehicles.
“The Pan-Canadian Electric Bus Demonstration and Integration Trial is a unique partnership model involving multiple levels of government, bus manufacturers, system integrators, and funding partners collaborating in an unprecedented way on breakthrough technology to improve the environment,” said Alex Milojevic, General Manager of Brampton Transit.
“Public transit is moving toward clean, sustainable, zero-emission mobility in the best interests of community air quality and climate change mitigation,” said Jennifer McNeill, New Flyer’s Vice President of Sales and Marketing.
Source: New Flyer