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Nova Bus electric buses begin operations in Brampton

The electric buses were delivered earlier this year as part of the Canadian CUTRIC project.

May 4, 2021  by CM Staff

SAINT-EUSTACHE — On May 3, Nova Bus, a North American transit bus manufacturer, alongside Brampton Transit, and Catherine McKenna, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities, celebrated the launch in operation of its electric buses, featuring two forty foot, electric Nova Bus LFSe.

The electric buses were delivered earlier this year as part of the Canadian Consortium for Urban Transportation Research and Innovation (CUTRIC) Canada-wide Interchangeability Project.

“Helping residents of Brampton get around in faster, cleaner and more affordable ways is the goal of our investment in zero-emission buses. Today’s launch is an important milestone towards Brampton’s ambitious goal of reducing emissions by 80 per cent by 2050, and toward our government’s commitment to add 5,000 zero emission buses over 5 years. It will support Canadian jobs, tackle climate change, and build cleaner, more inclusive communities,” said Catherine McKenna, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities.

“Nova Bus is a Canadian leader in the electromobility market, and we are honored and thrilled to be part of Brampton’s transition to electromobility. As a key member of CUTRIC and part of the Pan-Canadian Battery Electric Bus Demonstration and Integration Trial, we are fully committed to the concerted efforts in the electrification of transportation. Clean and sustainable technologies are part of Nova Bus’s core,” said Emmanuelle Toussaint, Vice-President Legal, Regulatory and Public Affairs at Nova Bus.

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With an electric motor system powered by an integrated battery system, these electric buses purport to provide better fuel economy, reduced maintenance costs and reduced greenhouse gas emissions.

“I am excited to announce the launch of electric buses on Brampton’s roads starting May 3. Brampton is a Green City, and this is a significant milestone in sustainability for our community,” said Mayor Patrick Brown.

“Brampton’s world-leading deployment, which is being supported by five of CUTRIC’s Member companies, makes Canada a global hotbed of electric bus innovation,” said CUTRIC President and CEO Josipa Petrunic. “This project is also creating new low-carbon technology jobs and attracting foreign investment to Brampton, to Ontario, and to Canada, all of which is more vital than ever as we work to recover from the COVID-19 pandemic.”