Double-decker buses are going electric, and not only in London. CVS Cruise Victoria has been using an EV550 electric double-decker from GreenPower Motor Company to transport tourists to and from the busy cruise ship terminal at Ogden Point in Victoria, British Columbia for almost two years. In February, the company added two more to its fleet.
GreenPower’s double-decker e-buses are part of a lineup that includes high-floor and low-floor transit buses, school buses and shuttles. GreenPower uses a clean-sheet design to manufacture purpose-built battery-electric buses. Component suppliers include Siemens and TM4 for drive motors, Knorr for brakes, ZF for axles and Parker for dash and control systems. GreenPower’s OEM platform allows it to meet the specifications of various operators while providing standard parts for ease of maintenance and accessibility for warranty requirements.
The Greater Victoria Harbour Authority, which oversees the cruise ship operations at Ogden Point, has set a goal of reducing the diesel emissions, smell and noise from the buses presently servicing the cruise ships to “build a world-class tourism and visitor experience.”
“GreenPower is proud to be helping CVS in achieving the goals set by the GVHA by providing clean, quiet, zero-emission transportation to tens of thousands of tourists while enhancing air quality for the port’s neighbors,” said GreenPower Chairman Fraser Atkinson in February. “This is also a significant milestone for GreenPower as we record our first major sale.”
Source: GreenPower Motor Company