The City of Ottawa showed off the newest edition to their bus fleet, four battery-electric buses. The new battery-electric buses will enter service in early 2022.
The 40-foot buses look and feel like the existing 40-foot diesel buses in the fleet. The buses will run in urban operation and be put on routes based on a range of 250 km.
OC Transpo, the transit operator in Ottawa in the early stages of its fleet conversion plan. They will add 74 battery-electric buses to the fleet in 2023.
The goal is to have 450 zero-emission buses phased into operation by 2027.
The City of Ottawa is using a gradual phase-out plan to replace diesel buses as they reach the end of life. Moreover, the City hopes to have a fully zero-emission bus fleet by 2036.
To support the new buses, the St-Laurent Garage has gone through several significant retrofits. The garage now has four plug-in style charging stations installed by Envari Energy Solutions, reports CityNews.
The fleet of four battery-electric buses can go from empty to fully charged in about five hours.