VIA CUTRIC - Brampton City Council approved its involvement in the Pan-Ontario Electric Bus Demonstration and Integration Trial -- the first of its kind anywhere in the world. The Canadian Urban Transit Research and Innovation Consortium (CUTRIC) has brought funding partners, research teams, technology tools, and manufacturing stakeholders together with Brampton Transit to ensure this world-leading demonstration trial launches locally this year.

“This milestone marks the first time that competitive bus manufacturers and competitive charging station manufacturers are designing and delivering interoperable charging systems for on-route charged e-buses,” says CUTRIC Executive Director & CEO Josipa Petrunic. “There is nowhere else in the world where this type of collaboration is in place.”

The City of Brampton has agreed to work with two Canadian transit vehicle manufacturers (New Flyer Industries of Winnipeg, Manitoba and Nova Bus, of St. Eustache, Quebec) and two charging station manufacturers (ABB Group and Siemens Canada) to deploy up to 10 electric buses and four overhead electric charging stations that plug into an open protocol known as the OppCharge protocol ( – first jointly developed by Siemens and Volvo Bus Corporation. The protocol standardizes the design of the robotic off-board pantograph that connects the charging station to the bus, communications between the bus and the charger, and performance metrics of the overall system.