City of St. Albert Sets Tone for New Era of Canadian Transportation with Order for Canada’s First All-Electric Transit Buses

St. Albert will be the first municipality in Canada to deploy
battery-electric buses provided by BYD, the world’s largest electric
vehicle manufacturer

ST. ALBERT, Canada–(BUSINESS WIRE)–The City of St. Albert today 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
BYD, the world’s largest electric vehicle manufacturer, 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 three 35ft 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.”

We applaud the City of St. Albert for its visionary leadership
in demonstrating its commitment to improving air quality with
zero-emission all-electric transportation with this action,” said Macy
Neshati, Vice President of BYD Coach and Bus sales. “Additionally, these
all-electric buses will help reduce noise pollution on city streets to
benefit the residents of St. Albert, and the city will save money on
vehicle maintenance and fuel costs.”

The City of St. Albert has ordered three all-electric buses from BYD,
which will be 35 feet in length with a battery range of up to 250
kilometers. 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 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 degrees Celsius.

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most beautiful communities and is known as The Botanical Arts City.
This phrase reflects the key things our city values, enjoys and
celebrates. It helps us profile what makes us unique and special. It
identifies some of the contributing factors that make our city such a
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City of St. Albert
Mayor Nolan Crouse
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St. Albert Transit
Kevin Bamber