City Introduces Electric Buses to Edmonton

  City Introduces Electric Buses to Edmonton

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EDMONTON, Alberta -- June 11, 2014

Edmonton Transit System (ETS) has added some stealth to its fleet. It began
testing two electric buses – known asETS Stealth buses– this week. The buses
run quietly and cleanly and are more cost-effective to fuel and maintain than
diesel engine buses currently used. Operated entirely on electricity, ETS
Stealth buses have no exhaust pipes and generate zero emissions when being
driven. “We are very excited to be introducing electric bus technology to
Edmonton streets,” said Councillor Andrew Knack. “The City of Edmonton is
committed to finding the best combination of transportation technologies to
enhance Edmonton’s sustainability, and we’re eager to see how well the ETS
Stealth bus delivers ETS service across the city.”

Edmonton Transit's Stealth Bus is a 40-foot (12 meter) long, all-electric Bus
manufactured by BYD Co ...

Edmonton Transit's Stealth Bus is a 40-foot (12 meter) long, all-electric Bus
manufactured by BYD Company that can travel up to 24 hours on a single
night-time charge. (Photo: Business Wire)

The ETS Stealth buses will run on various ETS routes across the city,
travelling with regularly scheduled buses in service and for special events.
Passengers can board free of charge. Instead of paying a fare, passengers will
be asked to complete a survey describing their experience riding an electric
bus. “Public feedback is essential to determining the success of the ETS
Stealth pilot project,” said ETS Bus Operations Divisional Supervisor Linda
Kadatz (video link) . “We hope to hear from every ETS Stealth passenger so
that we can make an informed decision later this year about pursuing electric
bus technology in our long-term fleet replacement plans.”

The ETS Stealth buses are on lease from BYD Company Ltd. (Build Your Dreams)
until October 2014. During the four-month pilot ETS will evaluate the
suitability of the ETS Stealth bus based on several factors, including
passenger load capacity, passenger comfort, reliability and how well the buses
navigate Edmonton’s roadway network. For more information, please
visitedmonton.ca/future-transit.

About Edmonton Transit System

Edmonton Transit System, also calledETS, is thepublic transitservice owned
and operated by the city ofEdmonton, Alberta. ETS provides service for buses
and light-rail transit vehicles within Edmonton City limits, in addition to
Fort Saskatchewan,Spruce Grove, and theEdmonton Garrisonat Namao.

It also provides connections to suburban transit services operated by theCity
of St. AlbertandStrathcona County. ETS also provide service toLeduc. ETS
operates an entire fleet of accessible ~960 low floor buses,which have been
progressively introduced into the system since 1993. These include the 40-foot
buses and 60-footarticulatedmodels. ETS uses the timed-transfer system,
where suburban feeder routes run to a transit centre, and passengers can then
transfer to a base route to the city centre or the university. During peak
hours, some feeder routes provide direct express service to and from the city
centre. For more information, please visitedmonton.ca/future-transit.

About BYD

BYD Company Ltd. is one of China’s largest companies to have successfully
expanded globally. Specializing in battery technologies, their green mission
to “solve the whole problem” has made them industry pioneers and leaders in
several High-tech sectors including High-efficiency Automobiles, Electrified
Public Transportation, Environmentally-Friendly Energy Storage, Affordable
Solar Power and Information Technology and Original Design Manufacturing (ODM)
services.

As the world’s largest manufacturer of rechargeable batteries, their mission
to create safer and more environmentally friendly battery technologies has led
to the development of the BYD Iron Phosphate (or "Fe") Battery. This
fire-safe, completely recyclable and incredibly long-cycle technology has
become the core of their clean energy platform that has expanded into
automobiles, buses, trucks, utility vehicles and energy storage facilities.
BYD and all of their shareholders, including the great American Investor
Warren Buffett, see these environmentally and economically forward products as
the way of the future.

BYD has made a strong entrance to the North, Central and South American
markets with their battery electric buses, and lineup of automobiles. Their
mission lies not just in sales growth, but also in sociological integration
and local job creation as they have poured incredible investments into
developing offices, dealerships and manufacturing facilities in the local
communities they now call home, truly a first for Chinese companies. For more
information, please visit www.byd.com or www.facebook.com/bydcompany.

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Contact:

City of Edmonton
Graeme McElheran, 780-218-3348
graeme.mcelheran@edmonton.ca
or
BYD
Micheal Austin, 1(800) BYD-AUTO
micheal.austin@byd.com
 
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