Mayor Eddie Francis Signs Deal for All-Electric Buses for Transit Windsor
Friday May 4th, 2012
Posted at 10:19pm
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Windsor Mayor Eddie Francis has signed a letter of intent to purchase up to ten, BYD 40-foot electric buses for Transit Windsor. This will make Windsor the first City in North America to launch long-range, all-electric buses.
This agreement also opens talks to bring manufacturing of BYD buses to the Ontario region in the near future. As well, because of tunnel bus service to Detroit, the launch into this market serves on both Canadian and United States’ roads.
“One of our primary goals was to position Windsor among the first cities in North America to pioneer the efficient use of electric buses within its public transit authority and to establish Windsor as a hub for the development, manufacture and commercialization of energy products including electric buses.” said Stella Li, President of BYD Motors.
Senior Vice President of BYD Ltd stated, “BYD has been delighted to see Windsor’s leadership, especially that of Mayor Eddie Francis and his Transit and Enwin Utilities team members. They truly have an understanding of the responsibility of government to drive not only economic recovery of our cities and Nations, but to do so while not harming the environment.”
The BYD Iron-Phosphate batteries used in these electric buses are the only rechargeable battery systems that contain no heavy metals, toxic electrolytes or use caustic materials in their production, making the BYD batteries the most environmentally friendly batteries available in the market. Additionally, BYD and Enwin are working towards having a master plan to repurpose the Windsor bus batteries into fixed Energy Storage Stations when the buses retire (in 12 to 15 years).
Mayor Eddie Francis stated, “One of our primary goals was to position Windsor among the first cities in North America to pioneer the efficient use of electric buses within its public transit authority and to establish Windsor as a hub for the development, manufacture and commercialization of energy products including electric buses.”