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ABB charges TTC’s electric buses


September 5, 2019
By Peter Saunders
Photo courtesy TTC

September 5, 2019 – The Toronto Transit Commission (TTC) recently ordered overnight electric bus (e-bus) charging systems from Montreal-based ABB Canada to power its growing zero-emission fleet.

ABB developed the HVC-Overnight Depot technology in accordance with the Combined Charging System (CCS) standard, which allows transit authorities to use it for e-buses from different manufacturers. In the TTC’s case, it supports New Flyer (example pictured) and Proterra models, while BYD models require their own proprietary charging system.

ABB’s cable-connected chargers will be used to recharge buses at night at garages across the city.

“Arrow Road was the first garage to charge and deploy our electric vehicles,” explains TTC communications advisor Hayley Waldman. “Next was Mount Dennis. The infrastructure at our Eglinton Avenue garage will be complete this month, with e-buses arriving in October. We have also expanded our e-bus routes as we continue to gain confidence in their range and reliability.”

As part of its green bus technology plan, the TTC expects to have 60 all-electric and more than 255 hybrid-electric vehicles in operation by the end of the first quarter (Q1) of 2020. In the longer term, the transit agency plans to achieve 100% zero emissions by 2040.

“ABB is proud to be a part of the TTC’s efforts by supplying a charging infrastructure that meets the needs of the next generation of smarter mobility,” says Nathalie Pilon, president of ABB Canada.