New hybrid electric buses

MiWay will be adding 11 new, second-generation 60 foot hybrid-electric buses to its fleet that are convertible to full battery power. These are the first buses of their kind in Ontario and the third in Canada.

 

 

The buses will help to reduce the environmental impacts of public transit – advancing the City of Mississauga’s commitment to zero-emission buses in its fleet. The new buses are expected to be ready for on-street service in early 2021.

 

Features of these hybrid-electric buses include:

 

Increased green benefits and cost savings

  • Start-stop engine technology that shuts down the engine while stopped at bus stops and automatically restarts when the brake is released – achieving up to 25 per cent fuel savings than conventional diesel-powered buses
  • Reduced number of drive belts from four to one, reducing the potential of breakdowns on the road and lowering overall maintenance costs
  • All electrically powered sub systems such as power steering, HVAC, passenger door operation and air brake compressor

Increased safety

  • Three additional external cameras that provide external rear-views along both sides and rear of the bus

Increased accessibility

  • All-electric “Smart Rider” accessible wheelchair ramp – capable of lateral kneeling and self-levelling to adjustable heights, assisting with customer safety

Enhanced mechanical features

  • All-drive control mechanisms and battery storage systems mounted on the roof
  • “Plug and play” components that simplify the maintenance process