Order for Three 35-Foot All-Electrics for St. Albert
‘Sets Tone for New Era of Canadian Transportation’
The City of St. Albert, northwest of Edmonton, Alberta has ordered three 35-foot all-electric buses to be manufactured by BYD in Lancaster, Calif. They are to be delivered in late summer or early fall this year.
St. Albert is “the first municipality in Canada to order long-range all-electric buses to deploy on city streets for public transit use,” BYD says. The municipality thus “sets [the] tone for new era of Canadian transportation.”
“The three 35 ft. electric buses being purchased will operate on both local and commuter transit routes, making the system cleaner and quieter for St. Albert residents,” Mayor Nolan Crouse says in the BYD release.
The buses will have a single-charge range of up to 250 kilometers, BYD says – about 155 miles. “St. Albert chose to award BYD the contract to produce three all-electric buses 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 is supplying charging equipment for the battery vehicles as well.
Cold Weather OK
BYD says it was able to demonstrate 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 degrees.”
St. Albert Transit tested battery buses in 2014 and 2015, says agency director Kevin Bamber.
The city currently operates an all-diesel fleet of 48 forty- and twenty 60-foot transit buses, he says. “We currently run New Flyer for the entire fleet,” Bamber told F&F. St Albert has five diesel-fueled paratransit vehicles as well.
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