Metrolinx launches zero-emission electric buses on select GO Bus routes

Posted: 23 May 2023 | | No comments yet

Metrolinx’s new electric buses will enhance the travel experience for passengers in the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area, providing them with a quieter and more environmentally friendly mode of transport.

Metrolinx launches zero-emission electric buses on select GO Bus routes

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Metrolinx has announced the introduction of zero-emission battery electric buses, known as EV GO Buses, on select routes, marking a significant step towards a more sustainable public transportation system in the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area (GTHA).

Metrolinx has chosen GO Bus routes 19, 27, 92 and 96B as the initial locations for the trial project’s next phase. These routes have been selected based on factors such as the buses’ range and the time required for re-charging. Extensive testing has revealed that these buses can travel approximately 225km in colder temperatures and up to 300km in warmer temperatures before needing to be re-charged. This data play a critical role in determining the routes best suited for the buses.

The introduction of the EV GO Buses aligns with Metrolinx’s commitment to sustainability and reducing greenhouse gas emissions. By exploring the potential of electric vehicle (EV) technology, the agency aims to contribute to a cleaner and more environmentally friendly transportation system, while also reducing operating costs.

These electric buses are equipped with USB chargers, allowing passengers to conveniently charge their personal devices during their journey. Furthermore, the battery placement on these buses has led to changes in the luggage storage system. Passengers will now load and unload their luggage toward the back of the bus, both from the inside and the outside, unlike the conventional loading process on other buses.

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The EV GO Buses also offer a quieter ride for passengers. However, to ensure the safety of pedestrians, cyclists and other vehicles, external sounds and warning messages will be played when the bus is turning or reversing.

Each EV GO Bus is powered by nine batteries and can be fully charged in approximately three to four hours. As a safety measure, seatbelts have been installed in these new additions to the fleet, and passengers are required to fasten their seatbelts when available.

Metrolinx will closely monitor the performance of the EV GO Buses and leverage the gathered information to determine the potential for expanding the programme in the future. With the introduction of these zero-emission buses, the agency takes a significant stride towards achieving a greener and more sustainable public transportation network in the GTHA.

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