Canada: TransLink Study to Evaluate EV Charging from Transit-Generated Energy

TransLink has launched a new study that will explore the use of excess energy generated by Vancouver’s SkyTrain and trolleybus systems to charge electric vehicles.

This study is a result of the selected idea from the 2022 Open Call for Innovation.

If proven feasible, the project could bring more transit vehicle chargers to SkyTrain stations or bus exchanges to power Translink’s battery-electric bus fleet.

New TransLink study to look at EV charging through transit-generated energy
New TransLink study to look at EV charging through transit-generated energy
TransLink CEO Kevin Quinn said:

“We are always excited to collaborate with the best and brightest minds to ensure we are innovating transit as new technology emerges. Through the Open Call for Innovation, TransLink is always seeking innovative collaborations that have the potential to transform Metro Vancouver’s transit system.”

The Open Call for Innovation is an annual challenge that encourages entrepreneurs, businesses and innovators to support TransLink in introducing new technology.

Last year’s Open Call for Innovation asked for ideas that would help reduce the carbon footprint of transportation in Metro Vancouver. The successful idea was submitted by Kiepe Electric.

TransLink has also announced the theme for the 2023 Open Call for Innovation, which will seek new ways to maintain transit infrastructure to ensure it remains reliable and high-performing.

Examples of ideas could include:

  • The use of drones to inspect or repair transit infrastructure
  • Sensors or artificial intelligence platforms to better predict or identify potential hazards
  • Virtual or augmented reality systems or wearable technologies to improve and support maintenance.

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