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City of Windsor, Ontario first in North America to deploy BYD electric buses

The City of Windsor, Ontario, Canada, has signed a letter of intent to purchase up to 10 BYD 40-foot electric buses for City transit services in 2012. The agreement also opens talks to bring manufacturing of BYD buses to the Ontario region in the near future. Transit Windsor has the unique distinction of running in Canada as well as in Detroit, making this launch one that serves on both Canadian and United States’ roads.

Bus design for Windsor. Click to enlarge.

Additionally, BYD and Enwin Utilities are working towards having a master plan to repurpose the Windsor bus batteries into fixed Energy Storage Stations when the buses retire (in 12 to 15 years).

One of our primary goals was to position Windsor among the first cities in North America to pioneer the efficient use of electric buses within its public transit authority and to establish Windsor as a hub for the development, manufacture and commercialization of energy products including electric buses.

—Windsor Mayor Eddie Francis

BYD is in the process of completing FMVSS, CMVSS, and other certification testing in North America this year with further plans for fleet sales and deliveries after the first Windsor bus deliveries. BYD’s all-electric vehicles in commercial fleets have traveled over 10 million miles over the last two years. BYD has delivered more than 300 all-electric buses worldwide and has orders for more than 1300 more in 2012, making it the largest electric bus manufacturer in the world, according to the company.



The future of mass-transit (if you can keep the criminal element from driving the rest of the public off of it), and it's coming from China.  You'd think it would have come from Europe or England, but no... China.

We have really dropped the ball on that too.


Good observation E-P. Meanwhile we will buy 1,000+ locally built plug-in diesel hybrid city buses from Nova-Volvo in the next 5 years. The next batch may be 100% electric?


This could be for the BYD 40-foot, lighter aluminum body, e-Bus-12 with an amazing 250 Km range between charges. That is equivalent to a full 8+ hour shift in most cities. A mid-day quick partial charge plus a regular overnight slow full charge should be enough to keep it running during regular hours 24/7.

These buses, coupled with e-taxis and e-delivery vehicles will make a significant difference in down town pollution level.

If BYD can build 3,000 units in 2012 and probably many more in the following years it would become the de facto world leader?


You'd think we would realize that each breakthrough from China just might be like the last.

The future of mass-transit (if you can force American labor to accept Chinese level wages) can come from the US – Ha ha.

Meanwhile the UK Department for Transportation will buy plug-in diesel hybrid city buses from the Chinese owned Nova-Volvo. I can see how hard it might be to keep Chinese goods off Wal-Mart shelves, but the DOT?

If we continue to buy from BYD of course they can build 3,000 units in 2012 and become the mass supplier of (what MAY become acceptable) electric busses.

It will take a LOT more skill than has been exhibited so far to keep the distributors and citizens of free world from supporting tyranny by buying from China.


TT:.. please do not confuse Volvo cars (sold to Ford in 1999 and subsequently sold by Ford to China) with Volvo heavy equipment. Volvo's Nova-Bus and Volvo Bus is the second world producer of city and urban buses. Volvo also bought Mack, Renault Trucks and Nissan Diesel and is one of the world leader for heavy construction equipment. Volvo Aero is still very active.

However, Volvo and others will have to get on board and start producing city e-buses soon because the market in expanding quickly and it would be difficult to catch up with BYD and their light weight aluminum e-buses.

By the way, our city buses were light weight (32-tons) aluminum in early 60's and/or until GM heavier (38+ tons) steel diesel buses moved in. Nova-Volvo hybrids and electric future city buses will use locally made aluminum bodies from the ten local aluminum factories. A 30 to 32-ton unit takes less energy to move around than a 38+ ton unit.


I am a better person for knowing that Nova-Bus and Volvo Bus are NOT Chineese owned (if that's what you mean, otherwise I am even worse).

Do you know why Nova-Bus and Volvo Bus don't make their busses out of titanium and carbon composites?

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