The delivery is a significant milestone for BYD, as the 40-foot buses are the first to hit the road from the company’s assembly facility in Newmarket, Ontario — the first new electric bus plant to open in the province in a generation. The assembly of these buses created 30 jobs and are the first buses built in Ontario since Orion closed its plant in 2012.
“Beyond the jobs they create, these 10 buses delivered to Toronto will help remove nearly 8,400 metric tons of GHG from the atmosphere over their lifetime — just imagine what we could do with more,” said Ted Dowling, VP, BYD Canada. “We’re proud to be a partner in helping make Toronto’s vision of an emissions-free transit system — and we look forward to continuing this wonderful partnership for many years to come.”
The TTC is one of several customers in Canada purchasing battery-electric BYD buses. This order represents a significant advance toward TTC’s goal of purchasing all emission-free buses beginning in 2025 and completing a fleet conversion 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 carbon dioxide from the atmosphere over the 12-year lifecycle of the vehicle.