Starting in early 2021, hopping on Twin Transit will be even more environmentally friendly. Complete Coach Works is currently converting two of Twin Transit’s 2004 35′ Gillig buses into electric ZEPS (Zero Emission Propulsion System) buses. This process of remanufacturing old buses into like-new ZEPS all-electric drivetrain systems reduces waste, maximizes resources, and decreases pollution and cost.
When it’s all said and done, Twin Transit will have two completely renovated electric buses on the road.
The purchase was made possible by Volkswagen Settlement and DERA Grant funding and is just another step in Twin Transit’s plans for a more eco-friendly and financially responsible future. By using electric, Twin Transit will decrease emissions, make public transit more affordable, and reduce maintenance and fuel costs. Plus, the electric buses are more pleasant to be around with less vibration and noise and zero exhaust.
Twin Transit is also preparing to break ground on the new Mellen Street e-Transit Station, which will be outfitted with wave induction charging to power the electric buses in-route. This bump charging system will supplement the overnight depot charging previously funded by a TransAlta grant. This dual system extends battery life and makes charging more efficient. When complete, the Mellen Street e-Transit Station will also include electric vehicle charging, bicycle and pedestrian access, and visual enhancements.
The completion of this project represents a significant milestone in Twin Transit’s efforts to operate a cleaner fleet, reduce operating costs and modernize service with cutting-edge green technology.
“It’s an exciting time,” said Community Relations Director Andrea Culletto. “Twin Transit has worked toward integrating green technologies for a long time. To see this dream becoming reality is truly fantastic.”