ANNOUNCING 40 NEW ELECTRIC BUSES
In addition to the three electric buses currently running on the 36 Monk line, our fleet will soon be increased. Specifically, through a number of calls for bids, STM will acquire:
- Four standard, quick-charging electric buses (40 feet) to make the 36 – Monk bus route entirely electric
- 30 slow-charging electric buses (40 feet), including a first series one, for the purpose of assigning them to different bus lines
- Four midibuses (30 feet), a mid-size vehicle bigger than a minibus yet smaller than a standard bus, to operate on the 212 Sainte-Anne de Bellevue bus line, as its route is well suited to this type of vehicle.
- 2 vehicules for the Transport adapté.
NOW TESTING THREE ELECTRIC BUSES
36 - Monk
It's a go !
Three electric buses are now running on the 36 – Monk line. You can easily recognize an electric bus thanks to distinctive colours that illustrate its environmental qualities. You're going to love theses buses:
- Zero GHG emissions
- Quieter ride
- Air conditioned
- Made in Québec
You wonder how these buses can run all day long? It's because they charge in 5 minutes max, at the begining and end of the line using a quick-charging station!
You've tried it? We want to hear about it!
Have you travelled aboard one of our electric buses? What do you think, please share your comments and suggestion.
How does it work? Find out in this video.
City Mobility, testing three electric buses in Montréal
The City Mobility demonstration project was initiated by Volvo Group and its North American division, Nova Bus. The purpose of the program is to bring together the expertise of public and private stakeholders in a joint project to electrify public transportation. City Mobility is present is nine cities and Montréal is the first city in North America to take part in the project.
For Montréal, the City Mobility project means the installation of two quick-charging stations along the 36 – Monk bus route to operate three fully electric Nova buses.
The three electric buses and charging equipment will continue to undergo testing until December 31, 2019. This demonstration period will help us learn more about the quick-charging technology.
So what comes next ?
With the purchase of 40 electric buses in a variety of types and using different technologies we will speed up our strategy for electrifying the surface transit system in light of all electric bus purchases from 2025 on, if the technology is available.
You have questions, we have answers!
NO, electric buses will only be operated on the 36 – Monk bus line, as the quick-charging stations are located at each end of the line.
Prior to choosing this method, a number of studies were conducted. We had to take several criteria into consideration in order to test a technology that met every aspect of our operating environment, for example, the transit experience for customers and drivers, service planning and delivery, maintenance, and more. Quick-charging technology using a pantograph is a proven method in Europe and it matches well with our needs, in addition to having proven itself under winter conditions.
How does it work?
It’s a simple manœuvre: once the bus pulls up at its stop and into position below the recharging station, the pantograph extends and lowers itself next to the roof of the bus. Through conduction, the batteries of the bus are recharged. Once done, the arm retracts itself and the bus turns around for its next run. The bus will charge up its batteries again at the other end of the line, over and over again, throughout the day. At night, buses are plugged into slow recharging stations that allow the batteries to be fully recharged.
Montréal’s City Mobility project has a $16.7 M budget, with $11.9 M in financial support from the Québec Ministry of Transport, Sustainable Mobility and Transportation Electrification, $100,000 from Hydro-Québec and a $4.7 M contribution from STM. Further making this project possible, Volvo and Nova Bus have invested $8 M into research and development of an electric bus transportation system.
Cité Mobility in images
- The electric buses with their distinctive imagery
- The first 100% electric bus (December 2016)
- Square Victoria: installation of a quick-charging station (December 2016)
The pantograph (the red equipment)
- Slow charging station