TransLink has launched its first electric-battery bus service (Video)

TransLink customers can now board zero-emission battery-electric buses when travelling through Vancouver, Burnaby, and New Westminster. This two-and-a-half-year pilot brings TransLink one step closer toward reaching its goal of operating a fleet with 100 per cent renewable energy by 2050. Alongside lower emissions, customers can expect a smoother and quieter ride.

“This pilot is a major milestone towards achieving our sustainability targets,” says TransLink CEO Kevin Desmond. “Our iconic trolleybuses have been running on electricity since 1948 and we’re proud to integrate the first battery-electric buses to our fleet. These buses are a testament to a strong partnership and the common goal of creating a cleaner and greener future”.

In partnership with the Canadian Urban Transit Research and Innovation Consortium (CUTRIC), the pan-Canadian pilot will begin operating on Route 100 between 22nd Street Bus Exchange and the Marpole Loop. The 30-month pilot will evaluate bus performance, maintenance, and customer experience.

A global first, this pilot will also test the cross compatibility between the buses and charging station equipment provided by four separate manufacturers: New Flyer, Nova Bus, ABB and Siemens. This pilot and the future acquisition of six more battery-electric buses have been made possible thanks to contributions made by the Government of Canada and BC Hydro.

Quick facts:

  • The battery-electric buses can be charged in approximately five minutes
  • Each bus is expected to reduce 100 tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions and save $40,000 in fuel costs per year compared to a conventional diesel bus
  • More than half of TransLink’s fleet currently operates with clean technology –
    • 4 battery-electric buses
    • 262 zero-emission electric trolleybuses
    • 299 compressed natural gas buses
    • 435 hybrid diesel-electric buses
  • This battery-electric bus pilot is a part of the TransLink Tomorrow Program to help improve mobility in Metro Vancouver. (
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