The HSR hasn’t had electric buses since the last of the trollies were retired several decades ago, but the transit agency in the City of Hamilton is now testing new electric buses.
Starting this week, the HSR began testing an electric bus, operating on various routes across the city. This model, the New Flyer Xcelsior CHARGE (XE35), is one of three that HSR will be testing over the next few months.
This isn’t the first time the HSR has tested out a new model of bus. It’s common for a transit agency to try out new buses before committing to an order.
“Investigating and testing this new technology is an opportunity for the City of Hamilton to see possible greater potential benefits,” the city said in a media release. “The possible addition of Electric buses is supportive of the development of renewable resources which support the City of Hamilton’s priorities.”
The electric bus will not be in service, but will instead shadow existing buses on “a proposed itinerary that provides for different route geography, including three different escarpment crossings, long and short-range route options, different spans of operation to test battery drain, as well as reaching as many different areas of the city that residents may benefit from a less intrusive vehicle.”
This could be indicative of parallel testing of new or modified routes.
The test stems from a motion by Mayor Eisenberger March 19, 2018 Public Works Committee meeting directing staff to investigate, and possibly test, electric buses in preparation for future procurement.
Source: City of Hamilton