MiWay Introduces First-Ever 60 Foot Hybrid-Electric Buses in Ontario

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Today, MiWay announced the introduction of 11 new, second-generation 60 foot hybrid-electric buses that are convertible to full battery power, helping to reduce the environmental impacts of public transit – advancing the City of Mississauga’s commitment to zero-emission buses in its fleet. These are the first buses of its kind in Ontario and the third in Canada.

In October 2019, MiWay received its first 10 second-generation buses. These buses were smaller in length (40 feet) and currently travel on MiWay’s local routes. The new 60 foot buses will be dedicated to MiWay’s express routes. Differing features include design and onboard systems and having potential of similar fuel savings and greenhouse gas (GHG) reductions as the 2019 buses.

Features of MiWay’s 2020 hybrid-electric buses:
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 that are mounted on the roof.
· “Plug and play” components, helping to simplify the maintenance process.

The new buses are expected to be ready for on-street service in early 2021. To learn more, visit miway.ca.

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