In what is a milestone for electric bus maker BYD (Bring Your Dreams), they have delivered the first electric buses made in Canada to the Toronto Transit Commission (TTC) and the Réseau de Transport de Longueuil (RTL) in Quebec.
The TTC placed an order for 10 40-foot K9M electric buses, the remainder of which are expected to be delivered in the coming days, and plans to only order electric buses from 2025 onwards. Their ultimate goal is to have a 100% electric fleet by 2040.
Each of these new buses will remove approximately 9 metric tons of nitrogen oxides, 159 kilograms of diesel particulate matter, and approximately 1,530 metric tons of CO₂ from the atmosphere over the 12-year lifecycle of the vehicle, according to the press release.
BYD opened their new 45,000 square-foot assembly plant in Newmarket, Ontario last year. Earlier this month BYD also delivered five 30-foot K7M electric buses to the Réseau de Transport de Longueuil (RTL) in Quebec.
The TTC has also purchased an additional 25 electric buses from Proterra Inc., and 25 from New Flyer Industries Inc., all part of the federal Public Transit Infrastructure Fund (PTIF) project. The project is funded with $104 million by both the Government of Canada and the City of Toronto, and is intended lay the infrastructure for future expansion of a zero-emissions fleet.