WINNIPEG, October 26, 2012 - Canadian bus
manufacturer New Flyer Industries has received
a $3.4 million investment from Sustainable Development
Technology Canada (SDTC) to develop and implement a
rapid-charge battery-electric bus propulsion
New Flyer will develop and build four electric buses and a
high-capacity charging station. The company will then carry out a
four-year in-service evaluation of a small fleet of buses with
Winnipeg Transit to examine the charging system, battery capacity
and component life and reliability.
In addition to having a number of positive benefits for the
environment, the use of electric buses could also significantly
reduce operating costs and total life cycle costs when compared
with diesel and hybrid buses.
The four electric buses also will contribute to reducing
Winnipeg Transit fleet's greenhouse gas (GHG) and criteria air
contaminants (CAC) emissions.
During the four-year in-service
evaluation the electric buses will produce no tail pipe emissions.
That is the equivalent of reducing annual
CO2 equivalent emissions by 160 tonnes when
compared to a diesel bus, or reducing annual
CO2 equivalent emissions by 112 tonnes compared to
a hybrid bus.
"We're really 'charged up' by the interest in our
battery-electric bus," said Paul Soubry, New Flyer's President and
Chief Executive Officer.
"This important project further allows us to execute on
our electrification project development. It pushes closer to the
critical point of cost-effective commercialization of this
propulsion technology in bus applications. This project will
provide invaluable insight into day-to-day real-world
battery-electric operational issues."
Through on-going technology improvements, such as the
introduction of hybrid power, bus manufacturers have reduced their
fleets' GHG emissions and production of criteria air contaminants -
chemicals and airborne particulate that contribute to smog, poor
air quality and acid rain.
Since the primary fuel source for transit buses remains
conventional diesel fuel, GHG emissions remain high in the public
transportation sector. New Flyer electric buses provide a solution,
and Manitoba's power generation provides an opportunity to further
the environmental benefits of this demonstration project.
Manitoba generates close to 98% of its electricity through
renewable hydro-power. Using electricity generated from Manitoba's
electricity grid, this demonstration project will result in higher
than average GHG reductions for a similar project where electricity
is generated using a mix of renewable and non-renewable energy
Most North American electrical grids receive power from a mix of
renewable and non-renewable energy resources. Significant
reductions are still expected when charging electric buses using a
typical electricity grid.
For example, when compared with a hybrid bus, it is estimated
that using an electric bus will reduce
CO2 equivalent emissions by 90 tonnes. Electric
buses may also significantly reduce operating costs and total life
cycle costs when compared with diesel and hybrid buses.
Other members of the project consortium are: The Board of
Governors of Red River College, Manitoba
Hydro, Government of Manitoba, and The City of Winnipeg