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Mitsubishi Heavy to develop and test all-electric transit bus with Manitoba Government, two local companies and college in Canada

27 April 2011

Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd. (MHI), the government of Canada’s Manitoba Province, two local companies and a Canadian college will jointly develop and test an all-electric transit bus to feature advanced battery and charging technologies. This project is the first development to come out of the memorandum of understanding (MOU) signed last December between MHI and the Manitoba government on a collaborative framework to contribute toward realizing an advanced low-carbon society.

The parties who will participate at this project are the Government of Manitoba, MHI, the Manitoba Hydro, Red River College, and New Flyer Industries Canada ULC, a Canadian manufacturer of heavy-duty transit buses.

The three-year C$3 million (US$3.16 million) project, which is targeted at developing and testing in cold weather an all-electric transit bus, also looks to use the demonstration as a showcase for other potential markets within North America.

MHI will be responsible for the lithium-ion secondary battery packs for this prototype demonstration bus.

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