TTC rolling out first of 255 new hybrid electric buses

Nov 20 2018, 1:13 pm

The TTC’s hybrid electric buses have arrived, and are expected to go into service over the next few weeks.

According to the transit agency,  the new bus is the first of 55 hybrid buses to be delivered by the end of 2018. Two-hundred more hybrid electric buses and 60 all-electric eBuses will be delivered by the end of 2019.

By then, the TTC expects that its fleet will be comprised of 3 different propulsion technologies that would include clean diesel, hybrid electric and battery electric.

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The new roll out is part of the TTC’s commitment to be 50% zero emissions by 2028-2032 and 100% zero emissions by 2038-2042.

“This is just one way we are modernizing our service, innovating for the long term and planning for climate change,” states the TTC’s green initiatives page. “We will continue to deliver safe, reliable service to our customers with the new, more environmentally friendly fleet.”

TTC’s Stuart Green said that greenhouse gases will be reduced by 75.6 tons per bus every year and there will be fuel savings of $25,600 per bus.

“With the introduction of these new hybrid buses, the TTC will provide its customers with a cleaner and greener ride while saving money on fuel costs,” said Mayor John Tory. “These new buses are another example of the importance of governments working together to make investments in our transit system.”

These ecofriendly vehicles incorporate hybrid technology and run off power generated onboard that is fueled by diesel engines.

Though the vehicles are still using fuel to produce energy, they consume up to 30 per cent less than other non-hybrid buses.

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