Canada is leading the charge with an innovative demonstration trial set out to test and showcase the interoperability of electric transit vehicles and standardized high-powered overhead charging systems.

For the demonstration, the Canadian Urban Transit Research and Innovation Consortium assembled transit agencies, funding partners, research teams, technology tools and manufacturing stakeholders from across Canada to design, manufacture and deploy electric buses and charging systems in select Canadian communities. The project leverages clean energy grids in operation in British Columbia and Ontario to demonstrate how the country’s energy future can rely on clean-electricity for mass transit.For the demonstration, the Canadian Urban Transit Research and Innovation Consortium assembled transit agencies, funding partners, research teams, technology tools and manufacturing stakeholders from across Canada to design, manufacture and deploy electric buses and charging systems in select Canadian communities. The project leverages clean energy grids in operation in British Columbia and Ontario to demonstrate how the country’s energy future can rely on clean-electricity for mass transit.

Participating cities are scheduled to start the trial by the end of 2018. Vancouver’s public transport agency, TransLink, will deploy four electric buses and two charging systems on one of its busiest transit routes. TransLink will also own and operate both charging systems. The city of Brampton, which is the first municipality to join the consortium, through the Brampton Transit agency, is set to deploy 10 electric buses and four charging systems on several of its transit routes. ABB will ensure operation of the charging systems on behalf of Brampton Transit. In addition, the municipality of York will integrate six electric buses and one charging system in the town of Newmarket. York Region Transit, in partnership with Newmarket-Tay Power Distribution Limited, will carry out the implementation of the demonstration trial. The NTPDL will own and operate the charging system on behalf of York Region Transit, a first in North America.

This project is very significant as it marks the first time ever competing bus and charging system manufacturers collaborate to deliver an electric bus technology demonstration trial. As part of the trial, New Flyer Industries and Nova Bus Inc. will supply 20 electric buses while ABB and Siemens will supply the interoperable OppCharge bus charging infrastructure. Having developed its fast-charging technology in partnership with leading vehicle manufacturers, ABB has designed a modular power solution that meets future requirements for electric vehicles. This future-proof design allows for less complex and cost-effective field upgrades for operators to increase power ratings from 150 kW to 600 kW.

This project ties in with multiple efforts set in motion by federal, provincial and municipal governments to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in Canada. Funding from government bodies is paramount in the execution of the project as it helps fast track the integration of cutting-edge technologies and allows for their standardization. Furthermore, it positions Canada as a global leader in low-carbon transit by supporting the country’s climate change commitments with emissions-reducing transportation technologies.

ABB is proud to participate in this innovative and world-first initiative and to play an active role in bringing cleaner and more energy efficient transport to Canada’s ecosystem. The Pan-Canadian Electric Bus Demonstration Trial will be supported by a dedicated team of sales, project managers, engineers and service personnel from ABB’s Center of Excellence for E-Mobility in North America, which is based at Campus Montréal.

ABB has provided charging solutions as part of its drive to promote sustainable mobility since 2010 and has sold more than 6,500 cloud connected DC fast-chargers around the world for passenger cars and commercial vehicles.


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