The Canadian municipality of St. Albert introduced three BYD electric buses on Tuesday, May 30 as part of Alberta’s initiative to broaden sustainable public transportation.
Each BYD K9S electric bus is capable of traveling between 155 and 174 miles per charge and can withstand the cold climate of Alberta, which can drop as low as -35 degrees Celsius in the winter. The K9S buses were tested against diesel buses in the city of Edmonton last winter and proved to be more reliable in extreme cold, according to the company.
The buses, which cost $720,000 dollars (U.S.) apiece, are a part of Alberta’s Green Transit Incentives Program to bolster new and existing public transit infrastructure with the goal of reducing greenhouse gases and the amount of vehicles on province roads.
Last year, St. Albert became the first Canadian municipality to order long-endurance electric buses to incorporate into public transportation. The move toward sustainable public transit mirrors efforts of Canadian politicians to mitigate climate change by providing green solutions to transportation.