Newmarket will be one of the first municipalities in Ontario to participate in an electric bus pilot program thanks to its local distribution company, Newmarket-Tay Power Distribution Ltd. As part of a partnership with the Canadian Urban Transit Research and Innovation Consortium (CUTRIC) and York Region Transit, Newmarket-Tay Power Distribution Ltd. will own, operate and maintain an overhead, on-route bus charging station – a critical asset to the project allowing six electric buses to operate in Newmarket.
“We are proud to be working with our utility provider in bringing green technology to our community. This is a big step towards reducing our overall carbon footprint and creating a sustainable future,” Newmarket Mayor Tony Van Bynen shared as part of the partnership announcement.
Electric buses provide significant benefits to communities, including reducing overall greenhouse gas emissions, noise pollution and idling. In Newmarket, they will help the city meet its Community Energy Plan and will play an important role in the provincial and federal government’s Energy Action Plans.
“Electrification of transit is critical to reducing greenhouse gas emissions and utilities have a crucial role in this as the infrastructure support and electrical energy supplier in their service territories. This pilot project will support the provincial government’s goals in electricity conservation through electricity load management that integrates the principles of electric vehicle charging, battery storage and distributed generation.” explains Paul Ferguson, President of Newmarket-Tay Power Distribution.
The Pan-Canadian Electric Bus Demonstration and Integration Trial is an initiative of the CUTRC. The CUTRIC is an innovation consortium that seeks to make Canada a global leader in low-carbon smart mobility technologies across heavy-duty and light-duty platforms, including advanced transit, transportation, and integrated mobility applications.
Newmarket-Tay Power Distribution Ltd. currently provides electricity distribution services to 35,000 in the Town of Newmarket and certain parts of the Township of Tay.