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Quebec evaluating BYD electric bus

Quebec evaluating BYD electric bus
The all-electric, 12-meter, zero-emissions, BYD bus operating for STO/STM in Quebec, Canada (Photo: Business Wire)

The capital city of Quebec in Canada has put its first all-electric bus in action.

BYD Company Ltd. has provided its electric bus for a program in Quebec being coordinated by AVT or the Société de gestion et d'acquisition de véhicules de transport, an association of nine transit corporations in Qeubec. AVT was formed to evaluate advanced, zero-emissions public transit technologies for the city.

The bus will be put into operation by two of the society’s members, the Société de transport de l'Outaouais (STO) and Société de transport de Montréal (STM) transit companies.

They will assess the performance of the bus for approximately 10 months. STO will start running the bus this July on routes into the Capital City of Ottawa next to Parliament Buildings at Rideau Centre and also on routes 41, 49, 51, 52, 53, 57 and 59 in the Aylmer sector. In Montreal, the vehicle will operate until May 2014 along routes in different sectors on weekdays, especially in the winter. It will be instrumented and assessed on different types of routes with varying slopes, frequent stops and high ridership.

"Taking this direction towards sustainable mobility and clean energy is part of the Quebec government's vision with its Electric Vehicles 2011-2020 Action Plan. We know that the government will pursue its commitment by supporting new technologies capable of reducing GHGs to 25% below 1990 levels by 2020 in accordance with its Climate Change Action Plan currently being developed," said STO’s chairman Patrice Martin.

The evaluation and testing of this bus is the first step in determining the suitability of BYD technology for use in Canada. While BYD electric bus technology has been tested and used in the southern United States and China, only limited testing has been conducted in especially cold temperatures such as those experienced in Quebec. – EcoSeed Staff



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