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Canada orders electric buses for two cities

BYD will deliver nine heavy duty e-buses in the province of Quebec, Canada

BYD Canada has been awarded orders for nine long range, zero emission, 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 (9.2-metre) buses while STM has ordered four of the same model. The e-buses are expected to make an immediate improvement to the air quality and noise levels in both cities. The buses will contribute to the reduction of carbon emissions with more than 600 tonnes per year. This is a total reduction of 7,200 tonnes over the operating life of the vehicles.

“Long range electric battery buses make sense in Quebec,” said BYD Canada vice-president Ted Dowling. “We are using Hydro Quebec’s clean electricity to charge our buses overnight. This is the best use of surplus power and will save STM and RTL over C$100,000 a year in diesel costs.”

The order from Longueuil is BYD’s first order of heavy duty electric buses in Quebec. Together with STM’s order in Montreal, this is the beginning of a large transit transformation to zero emission vehicles in the province.

“The buses are the first of what we hope will become an important part of the fleets in both communities and others in Quebec,” said Dowling. “This would not have happened without the climate change leadership shown by Mayors Valerie Plante and Sylvie Parent, in Montreal and Longueuil, along with the support of their transit agency leaders in STM and RTL.”

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

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