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Canada’s Oil Province Buys BYD Electric Buses

| May 31, 2017

Canada’s Oil Province Buys BYD Electric Buses

St. Albert in Canada’s oil producing province of Alberta has launched three BYD K9S electric buses as part of the provincial government’s move to broaden its public transportation network in a sustainable manner.

Four more electric buses are scheduled to hit the streets of St. Albert by the end of the year.

Last year the city of St. Albert became the first municipality in Canada to order long endurance electric buses for public transit use. Each bus is capable of traveling between 250 and 280 kilometers on a single charge.

“It’s a historic moment for Canadian transportation and the environment,” said the province’s Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure Brian Mason, who cut the ceremonial ribbon and was given the honor of the first drive.

BYD’s K9S is well suited for Alberta’s extreme winter where temperatures can fall as low as -35C. The vehicle’s technology, which was previously tested in Copenhagen and Alaska, went head to head with two brand new diesel buses in winter last year. The competition in the Canadian city of Edmonton proved that electric buses are more reliable in the extreme cold. Edmonton is also pushing for electric buses to take up a larger proportion of its network.

The buses, which cost $970,000 CAD each, are part of the province’s Green Transit Incentives Program, a plan to support new and existing public transport infrastructure technology. The project’s ultimate aim is to reduce the number of vehicles on the province’s roads and lower greenhouse gases.

BYD Canada Vice President Ted Downling said the introduction of the 10.6 meter long battery-powered buses was an exciting moment. “Many more Canadian cities and provinces will be under pressure to buy electric buses soon, because they cannot be led by the oil province.” Alberta has the world’s third largest oil reserves.

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