Ontario begins first-of-its-kind, $40M electric bus tests

The Canadian Urban Transit Research and Innovation Consortium (CUTRIC) with its partners in Brampton and the Regional Municipality of York, have launched the Pan-Canadian Electric Bus Demonstration & Integration Trial: Phase I. The trials are part of a national coordinated effort to advance zero emissions transit technology.

The project combines manufacturers, transit agencies, utilities, funding partners, research teams and technology developers to ensure a world-leading demonstration trial with TransLink in Vancouver, B.C., and now with Brampton Transit and the Regional Municipality of York, with Brampton Transit the first to initiate and champion the national trial planning process back in 2016.

“With this visionary funding investment, we are launching the Pan-Canadian Electric Bus Demonstration & Integration Trial: Phase I – which has a national project value of $40 Million and encompasses 18 standardized and interoperable electric buses, seven standardized and interoperable overhead chargers, and on five routes in three cities,” says CUTRIC Executive Director & CEO Josipa Petrunic. “Today’s funding announcement by the Province of Ontario is building the future of low-carbon smart mobility in this country.”

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