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BYD Canada to deliver 9 electric buses to Montréal and Longueuil

BYD Canada has been awarded orders for nine long-range battery-electric buses by the Société de transport de Montréal (STM) and the Réseau de transport de Longueuil (RTL). RTL will receive five 30-foot buses and STM will receive an order of four of the same model.

These buses will deliver a reduction in carbon emissions of more than 600 metric tonnes each year—a total reduction of 7200 tonnes over the operating life of the vehicles.

Long range Electric Battery buses make sense in Québec. We are using Hydro Québec’s clean electricity to charge our buses overnight. This is the best use of surplus power and will save STM and RTL over $100,000 a year in diesel costs.

—BYD Canada’s Vice President Ted Dowling

The order from Longueuil was BYD Canada’s first order of heavy-duty electric buses in Québec.

This order also puts STM and RTL ahead of the Federal Ministry of Environment and Climate Change’s new carbon pollution regulations for heavy-duty vehicles starting in 2020.

BYD Canada has buses on order or in operation in Toronto, Victoria, and St. Albert and Grand Prairie in Alberta.

Comments

HarveyD

This smaller version of the BYD's city e-buses is on trial mode only and does not compete with the larger e-buses being developed by Volvo Canada.

It is a mini/partial purchase to (try) to convince Volvo Canada to accelerate the production of adapted larger e-buses.

The Montréal, Longueuil and Laval cities require up to 2200+ new full size e-buses in the next 10 years. Higher capacity (100+) articulated e-buses could reduce the number of drivers required and greatly reduce operation cost.

The low cost clean electric energy required is not a problem. Québec Hydro has a huge surplus for the next 15+ years. Night time charging could help to balance the grid.

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