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Electric Buses

St. Albert Transit is pleased to announce the arrival of St. Albert's new, state-of-the-art, battery-powered buses - Canada's first municipally-owned, long range electric buses.  

The new buses are now in operation and are currently being deployed throughout the network on both local and commuter routes.  Drivers and service technicians have now been trained on the unique operation and characteristics of these new vehicles.  Residents will notice the quieter operation of these buses compared to the diesel buses.  They are slightly smaller than a regular sized bus and have slightly fewer seats (32 seats vs 37 seats in a regular bus).

Environmentally Friendly Transit

  • Battery powered and capable of extended periods of operation, making multiple trips without recharging.
  • Recharging will take place during periods of lower demand electricity usage (late evening or night time).
  • Reduction in operational costs and greenhouse gas emissions.
  • Quiet operation,  reducing noise pollution.

electric bus service schedule

Want to take a ride on the electric bus?  Please see the Electric Bus Schedule to view which routes the new electric buses will be operating on for the week of August 7, 2017.

some interesting facts...

  • Electric buses cost approximately $0.09 per kilometer for fuel.  Diesel buses cost approximately $0.45 per kilometer.
  • The electric buses have been outfitted with air conditioning.  All future StAT bus purchases will include air conditioning units.
  • The longest distance travelled to date on one charge is 284 kilometers.  
  • The longest time span an electric bus has operated on a single charge is 10 hours.
  • Electric buses are averaging 170 kilometers per day.
  • Total battery capacity is 270 kilowatt hours.
    • Battery capacity for a Chevrolet Volt is 18.4 kilowatt hours, Nissan Leaf 30 kilowatt hours, Ford Focus 23 kilowatt hours.
  • Charging takes, on average, less than 3 hours.  

Questions?

Contact: transit@stalbert.ca

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