City of St. Albert Sets Tone for New Era of Canadian Transportation

The City of St. Albert, Alberta, recently announced that it has taken steps to become the first municipality in Canada to order long-range all-electric buses to deploy on city streets for public transit use. St. Albert has chosen Chinese company BYD to provide the all-electric buses, which will be delivered to the city in late summer or early fall this year.

“The City of St. Albert is pleased to announce that it is undertaking Canada’s first procurement of long-range, battery-electric, transit buses. The electric buses being purchased will operate on both local and commuter transit routes, making the system cleaner and quieter for St. Albert residents. We are excited to be deploying these new and innovative buses as part of our transit fleet,” says Mayor Nolan Crouse. “Reducing our carbon footprint and minimizing the impact on the environment is another way to maintain our natural environment for our residents and has been a Council priority for a long period of time.”

The City of St. Albert has ordered 3 all-electric buses from BYD, which will be 10.6 m in length with a battery range of up to 250 km. St. Albert chose to award BYD the contract based on the company’s commitment to providing a 12 year battery warranty (the only OEM to do so in the industry), engineering horsepower, and its record for safety and proven reliability.

BYD was also able to demonstrate to the City of St. Albert that its battery technology is durable and reliable enough to function in cold climates, proving through testing that its bus batteries can function below -40°C.

Source: St. Albert Transit

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