The proposed project scope will include the deployment of up to 20 battery electric public transit buses (ebuses) and associated on-route rapid-charging infrastructure at 3-4 transit hubs for the City of Calgary. The scope also includes associated operations and maintenance staff training, re-design / re-scheduling of the majority of transit routes in a large section of the City to accommodate electrification, and the optimization of a triple bottom line (TBL) simulation tool for Calgary Transit to identify the optimum technology type to procure and deploy (diesel, gasoline, compressed natural gas, and electric, including renewable fuel sourcing as an option) based on a variety of factors throughout the next 30 years.
To date, the City of Calgary has completed an ebus infrastructure feasibility study; begun discussion with ENMAX regarding provision of on-route chargers, battery leasing, and a new electricity transmission & distribution rate class; undergone detailed electric vs. diesel route simulation; collected detailed product information from manufacturers through an RFI; and begun schematic design of charging stations. In addition to immediate GHG reductions and other positive environmental impacts through a one-time replacement of 20 diesel and gasoline buses, the objective of this project is to build capacity for Calgary Transit to continue to transition electric buses into the transit fleet on an ongoing basis and in an environmentally and fiscally responsible way.
The lessons learned from the project will be actively shared with Alberta municipalities, transit organizations, and other Canadian municipalities. Coordination some regional municipalities and transit organizations has already begun. It is hoped that by leading on-route rapid-charging electric bus deployment in Canada technical capacity, knowledge, and jobs can be brought to Alberta; and that these would have spin-off benefits to related industries such as renewable energy and storage.