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TransLink launches new electric bus trial

April 12, 2018

VANCOUVER, BC —TransLink is partnering with Natural Resources Canada, Metro Vancouver and BC Hydro to bring four fast-charging electric-battery buses to the region starting in 2019.

This two-and-a-half year integration trial is part of a pan-Canadian initiative led by the Canadian Urban Transit Research and Innovation Consortium (CUTRIC). This will allow TransLink to explore another way to reduce carbon emissions while providing efficient travel for customers.

Manufacturers New Flyer and Nova Bus will each produce two electric-battery buses for testing on Route 100, travelling along Marine Drive through Vancouver, Burnaby and New Westminster. High-powered charging stations provided by ASEA Brown Boveri (ABB) and Siemens Canada will be installed at each end of the route: one at Marpole Bus Loop and the other at 22nd Street SkyTrain Station. These stations will deliver a rapid charge within 4-7 minutes while the buses are in layover, ensuring sufficient charge is maintained for reliable service.

TransLink will collect data on bus and charging station cross-compatibility as well as bus performance, maintenance and overall customer experience. Gaining this on-the-ground experience with different technologies will inform the Low Carbon Strategy, currently under development, which will chart our transition towards a zero-emission bus fleet.

Almost half of TransLink’s current fleet runs on cleaner technology, and includes:

  • 262 electric trolley,
  • 145 compressed natural gas, and
  • 255 hybrid diesel buses


Jim Carr, Minister of Natural Resources –

“Investments in electric charging stations reflect Canada’s commitment to clean technology initiatives that reduce emissions and contribute to our climate goals. We are proud to work with TransLink to build up green infrastructure in Vancouver.”

Greg Moore, Chair, Metro Vancouver –

“The electric bus trial is a significant step for Metro Vancouver, especially as gas and diesel vehicles are the top contributors to greenhouse gas emissions in our region. These are the viable alternatives we are looking at as we develop our Climate 2050 Strategy, which aims to reduce regional greenhouse gas emissions and prepare for the impacts of climate change, and our ongoing initiatives to reduce harmful emissions of diesel particulate matter.”

Bowinn Ma, Parliamentary Secretary for TransLink –

“This partnership is a great example of organizations working together to help people get to where they are going by using the clean technology of tomorrow. It means British Columbians can get to work, access the services they depend on and get home to their families quickly and efficiently — with even lower carbon emissions than regular transit. I am excited to see the outcome of this electric bus trial.”

Kevin Desmond, CEO, TransLink –

“Mass transit has always scored high as a sustainable way to move large numbers of people, but many transit vehicles still use carbon-based fuels. Today, almost half our bus fleet runs on cleaner technology including our electric trolley, hybrid diesel and natural gas buses. With this fast-charge, battery-electric trial, TransLink is getting the on-the-ground experience we need to develop our Low Carbon Fleet Strategy and transition towards a zero-emission fleet.”

Media contacts:

TransLink Media Relations
C: 778-375-7788

BC Hydro Media Relations
: 604-928-6468

Natural Resources Canada Media Relations
C: 343-292-6100

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