Electric Bus Infrastructure Comes to Vancouver

News release

April 12, 2018                            Vancouver, British Columbia                            Natural Resources Canada

As Canada moves toward a low-carbon future, federal investments in electric, hybrid and alternative fuel vehicles continue to increase. The Government of Canada is encouraging widespread adoption of electric vehicles by supporting innovative projects that provide more options to drive clean.

Today, Joe Peschisolido, Member of Parliament for Steveston—Richmond East, on behalf of Jim Carr, Canada’s Minister of Natural Resources, announced a $1.2-million investment for the South Coast British Columbia Transportation Authority’s (TransLink) demonstration project that will lead to the installation and operation of overhead charging stations for electric buses in Vancouver. TransLink will receive approximately $1.2 million for the charging system to support electric buses. 

Canada’s two leading bus manufacturers — New Flyer Industries (Manitoba) and Nova Bus (Quebec) — will be developing the electric transit buses while ABB and Siemens are developing the chargers. The project will integrate more than one bus manufacturer and more than one charging system provider to evaluate the interoperability and performance of electric buses and overhead chargers in a Canadian transit setting.

The Government of Canada has invested a total of $182.5 million to support the deployment of electric chargers; natural gas and hydrogen refuelling stations; the demonstration of new, innovative charging technologies; and the development of codes and standards.

Through Canada’s national energy dialogue, Generation Energy, Canadians made it clear that the transition to energy independence through the combined efforts of federal, provincial and territorial governments is a necessity for advancing toward an energy-friendly future.


“Our government continues to support green infrastructure projects that will create jobs, advance Canada’s clean future and help us realize our domestic and international climate change goals. This project demonstrates that collaboration and the ingenuity of Canadian electric vehicle companies will result in cleaner options for Canadians on the road.”

Joe Peschisolido
Member of Parliament for Steveston—Richmond East


“Mass transit has always scored high as a sustainable way to move large numbers of people, but many transit vehicles still use carbon-based fuels. Today, almost half our bus fleet runs on cleaner technology including our electric trolley, hybrid diesel and natural gas buses. With this fast-charge, battery-electric trial, TransLink is getting the on-the-ground experience we need.”


Kevin Desmond
CEO of TransLink


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Alexandre Deslongchamps
Press Secretary
Office of the Minister of Natural Resources

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Natural Resources Canada


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