In February 2020, Calgary Transit signed a funding agreement with Emissions Reduction Alberta to work on introducing electric buses to Calgary through a pilot project. The pilot aims to test electric bus technology and evaluate the operational, economic and environmental benefits of using electric buses in our system.
The pilot is part of The City’s Green Fleet initiative to evaluate and incorporate fully electric, electric hybrid, and other low carbon vehicle technologies to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
Award procurement contract for electric buses
Summer 2021 to Fall 2022
Identify appropriate routes, procure and install charging equipment
Take delivery of electric buses, use on select routes, gather performance data
We awarded Vicinity Motor Corp. the contract to supply us with 14 battery electric shuttle buses for our pilot project.
The purchased buses are shorter than our existing shuttles (28 feet versus 30 feet). The buses can carry up to 22 passengers and have a maximum range of about 200 km.
With procurement of electric buses complete, we’re now focused on preparing to take delivery of our new Vicinity Lightning EV buses by late 2022.