PowerON Energy Solutions has completed installation of the infrastructure to charge new electric shuttle buses operated by Nieuport Aviation to connect Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport passengers, employees, and community members from Union Station to the downtown airport.
PowerON, a Ontario Power Generation (OPG) subsidiary, was selected to install the necessary charging infrastructure to green the airport’s shuttle operation. This project, including chargers at the main pavilion where the airport’s complimentary shuttle bus picks up and drops off passengers, as well as on the island where the airport terminal is located, is now complete, ahead of time and under budget.
“It’s not just families that are making the switch to electric vehicles; transit operators, municipalities and airports – like Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport – are making the switch to electric buses to get people where they need to go,” said Todd Smith, Ontario’s Minister of Energy. “I’m so pleased to see PowerON, a subsidiary of Ontario Power Generation, deliver the fast-charging infrastructure that will power these new buses with reliable and affordable energy from our province’s world-class clean electricity grid.”
Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport terminal owner/operator, Nieuport Aviation, along with shuttle bus service provider TOK Group, have ordered six Vicinity Lightning™ electric buses, expected to take to Toronto’s streets in 2024.
“With the introduction of our electric shuttle buses, Nieuport Aviation, in collaboration with PortsToronto, is living our promise of operating a cleaner, greener and quieter Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport,” said Jennifer Quinn, chief strategy and development officer, Nieuport Aviation.
“Ontario’s clean electricity system has the power to electrify higher emitting sectors like transportation, and our work on the Billy Bishop Airport shuttles is a great example of that,” said Keegan Tully, PowerON Energy Solutions managing director. “We worked closely with the client to ensure the necessary infrastructure is in place and tested ahead of time, enabling a smooth roll-out when the buses arrive.”
“We are thrilled to join our partners Nieuport Aviation in welcoming PowerON’s charging infrastructure to Billy Bishop Airport,” said Warren Askew, vice president, Airport at PortsToronto. “This announcement builds on a strong foundation of sustainable innovation at Billy Bishop Airport, which includes Canada’s first zero-emission ferry. Clean, electric infrastructure like this benefits our passengers, staff, community and those who live, work and play on Toronto’s remarkable waterfront – congratulations to all who helped bring this project to life.”
PowerON has installed chargers for shuttle buses transporting people to and from Billy Bishop Airport. (CNW Group/Ontario Power Generation Inc.)