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April 18, 2014

BYD electric bus approved for Canadian sales

The BYD Electric Transit Bus is now approved for sale and operations in Canada after earning Canadian Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (CMVSS) Certification and being placed on the “Vehicle Manufacturers Registry” with Transport Canada.

CMVSS prescribes the minimum performance levels vehicles and equipment must meet to run on Canadian roads and includes several standards beyond the U.S. Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards.

BYD’s pure-electric bus employs many advanced technologies developed in-house by BYD’s staff of more than 15,000 engineers, such as the advanced environmentally-friendly, Iron-Phosphate batteries, in-wheel hub motors and regenerative braking.

The breakthrough Iron-Phosphate battery is fire-safe and non-toxic: there are no caustic materials contained in the battery, no toxic electrolytes or heavy metals and can be completely recycled.

The BYD electric bus delivers a host of operational and environmental benefits for public transport riders, operators and people in the community — it is very quiet and ensures a comfortable ride without vibrations, jerks or noise associated with the conventional buses and combustion engines, according to the company.

The bus can also drive up to 155 miles and up to 30 hours in heavy city traffic on a single night-time charge.

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