Sept 12, 2019

EIN 38 CS CUTRIC Van 400As part of the continued progress of the Pan-Canadian Electric Bus Demonstration and Integration Trial, CUTRIC is proud to announce the operation of the first of four buses and two high-powered, standardized overhead charging systems going into service today in Metro Vancouver, with six more on the way.

TransLink has led the Pan-Canadian Electric Bus Demonstration and Integration Trial (Phase I) since 2017, when it joined a nationally coordinated effort to advance standardized and interoperable zero emissions transit technologies, spearheaded by the Canadian Urban Transit Research and Innovation Consortium (CUTRIC).

Today marks a milestone in TransLink's continued work towards a fleet operating on 100 per cent renewable energy by 2050.  Each of these buses is expected to reduce 100 tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions and save $40,000 in fuel costs annually in comparison with a conventional diesel bus.

The TransLink launch integrates two Canadian transit vehicle manufacturers (New Flyer Industries Canada of Winnipeg, Manitoba and Nova Bus, of St. Eustache, Quebec) and two charging station manufacturers (ABB Group and Siemens Canada, located in Montreal and Oakville respectively) to deploy battery-electric buses and electric charging stations that utilize an open protocol known as the OppCharge protocol—first developed by Siemens and Volvo Bus Corporation.

CUTRIC will collect data from all of the electric buses and electric chargers in operation as part of this project to build a Canadian E-Bus Big Data Trust for Canadian municipalities in 2020.

CUTRIC is a member-based innovation consortium that partners stakeholders in industry, transit and academia to develop the next-generation of low-carbon smart mobility technologies. Its vision is to make Canada a global leader in low-carbon smart mobility technology innovation. Its mandate is to catalyze innovation in transportation, create jobs in doing so, and radically reduce emissions from transportation.

Partner companies that are invested in this project include: