The Toronto Transit Commission’s (TTC) Board has voted in favour of electrifying the bus fleet in the Canadian city.
It has entered into a 20-year agreement with PowerON, a subsidiary of Ontario Power Generation (OPG), which will design, build, co-invest and operate the charging and related infrastructure to support electrification of the TTC, including its fleet and facilities.
Planning work for the installation of infrastructure is currently underway, with construction expected to start this year.
The initiative will support transition of TTC’s bus fleet to 100% zero emission vehicles by 2040 and the City of Toronto’s TransformTO Net Zero Strategy, which is targeting net zero emissions by 2040.
TTC Chair Jaye Robinson said: “Electrification is the future of public transit and I’m proud that the TTC continues to be an industry leader in this regard.
“This new infrastructure is a critical step toward achieving the TTC and City of Toronto’s goal to reach net zero emissions as soon as possible. The TTC Board wholeheartedly supports the organisation’s innovative plans and we look forward to working with PowerON to achieve a zero emissions fleet by 2040.”
OPG is also working towards becoming a net zero company by 2040.