TransLink is launching a pilot project in a bid to become more environmentally friendly.
It’s starting with a three month test-run of an electric battery bus to help the region meet its greenhouse gas reduction goals.
The bus has been supplied by BYD Canada at no cost.
It uses slow-charge technology, ranging 250 kilometers off a single charge, and will need to be recharged nightly for three hours.
“It’s fantastic to see new electric buses hit Vancouver streets as part of the Mayors’ Council’s 10-Year Vision. By replacing fossil-fuel and diesel-powered buses with zero-emission ones, we’re reducing our pollution while giving bus users cleaner and quieter rides. I’m looking forward to seeing more zero-emission buses on Metro Vancouver roads,” says Vancouver Mayor Gregor Robertson in a release.
A second electric bus pilot project is set to launch next year.