Some Americans may derisively refer to Canada as the 51st state, but when it comes to BYD's all-electric buses, them Maple Leafs have left us behind.

The City of Windsor, Ontario, which is right across the river from Detroit, will be the first North American municipality to have a fleet of all-electric buses made by China-based BYD.

Transit Windsor signed a letter of intent to buy as many as 10 buses this year. Windsor leaders cited, among other things, the fact that the buses' batteries don't consist of any heavy metals or toxic electrolytes. BYD and local utility company Enwin Utilities also reached an agreement for the buses' batteries to be reused for stationary power storage after they outlive their use powering the 40-foot-long buses.

BYD, whose investors include Warren Buffet, has gradually picked up business from various municipalities for its battery-electric buses. Last June, BYD, which opened its North American headquarters in Los Angeles late last year, reached agreements with both the city of Frankfurt, Germany, and with Singapore.

BYD says its eBUS-12 can go as far as 186 miles on a single charge and can be recharged in as little as 30 minutes with BYD's own 600-kilowatt rapid charging system.
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City of Windsor First in North America to Launch BYD Environmentally-Friendly Electric Buses

WINDSOR, Ontario--(BUSINESS WIRE)--This week, Windsor Mayor Eddie Francis signed a letter of intent to purchase up to ten (10), BYD 40-foot electric buses for City transit services in 2012 – the first City in North America to launch long-range, all-electric buses. The agreement also opens talks to bring manufacturing of BYD buses to the Ontario region in the near future. Transit Windsor has the unique distinction of running in Canada as well as in Detroit, making this launch one that 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."

Stella Li, President of BYD Motors and 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. This makes 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."

BYD is in the process of completing FMVSS, CMVSS, and other certification testing in North America this year with further plans for fleet sales and deliveries after the first Windsor bus deliveries. BYD's all-electric vehicles in commercial fleets have traveled over 10 million miles over the last two years (as of Q1-2012), showing that their bus technology is quite mature. BYD has delivered over 300 all-electric buses worldwide and has orders for over 1300 more in 2012, making it the largest electric bus manufacturer in the world. For more information, visit BYD at and

About BYD

BYD is ranked #1 at the top of Bloomberg's and BusinessWeek's 2009 Tech 100 List ( and is the leading manufacturer of advanced, environmentally-friendly battery technologies like the BYD's Iron Phosphate battery used in BYD electric vehicles and electric busses. BYD's solar panels and LED Lighting systems have CEC, TUV/CE and UL listings, and the company enjoys rapid growth in consumer electronics space and electrified transportation sector manufacturing under its BYD brand. BYD is the fastest-growing Chinese automotive and green energy technology enterprise. The Company trades on the Hong Kong Exchange (HKE) under the ticker numbers (HK.0285 – BYD Electronics) and (HK.1211 – BYD Company Ltd.), as well as on the Shenzhen Stock Exchange under the ticker number (002594 - BYD Company Ltd.). For more information, visit, or email

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    • 1 Second Ago
      Turbo Froggy
      • 3 Years Ago
      600KW charger?!?! That could charge the pack on my Leaf in 2 minutes, awesome....
      • 3 Years Ago
      Let me guess, they are using capacitors and not batteries
        • 3 Years Ago
        324-kWh lithium iron phosphate battery pack
      Marco Polo
      • 3 Years Ago
      Very good to see ! Both in the UK and the US, pioneering EV bus manufacturers were allowed to languish for lack of customers. Eventually, the technology is sold to foreign competitors, and the industrial employment is lost overseas. The US and UK will have to borrow from foreign banks to buy buses produced by foreign labour, using discarded US/UK technology ! How sad !
      • 3 Years Ago
      This is terrific. Urban buses, shuttles, and delivery vehicles are the right use for EVs right now.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Windsor is 1/3rd the size of Hull, 10 buses would represent their entire bus fleet! That's cool and all but this would be better put to use in a larger city imo.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Bus Your Dreams ;-)
      • 3 Years Ago
      Warren Buffett
      Dave D
      • 3 Years Ago
      I would really like to see them trial something on Manhattan Island where the average speed of the buses is under 6mph during their runs (in other words very short routes) and they could use the hell out of the regen braking to optimize efficiency.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Perfect. Nothing worse than a smelly diesel bus burning 40 gallons of fuel per day while ferrying sometimes as little as 1 passenger.
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