New Flyer of Canada have received a large order from the Toronto Transit Commission (TTC) for ten electric buses with an option for another 30. The order is part of TTC’s plan to electrify their entire fleet by 2040.
Starting in 2025, the transit authority will buy only emission-free buses. The latest order is TTC’s first transit bus order from New Flyer since 1999, after the autority announced an order of 10 Proterra electric buses last week (we reported in our newsletter).
New Flyer was one of three candidates invited to hand in electric buses for testing. Long range and overnight charge capability were a requirement.
The selected electric bus, New Flyer’s Xcelsior CHARGE is supported by funding from Infrastructure Canada’s Public Transit Infrastructure Fund (PTIF). TTC’s electric bus program is also funded in part through the Government of Ontario’s GHG Challenge Fund. Depot charging for the buses will be powered by Toronto Hydro, TTC’s electricity provider.
TTC operates more than 140 bus routes, and says it embeds sustainability into the core strategic objectives of its Five-Year Corporate Plan by reducing greenhouse gases, air pollution, and congestion on Toronto roadways.