City of Belleville Researches Electric Transit Options

City of Belleville residents may have noted an unfamiliar bus circulating throughout the City during the past few days, with the tag line ‘The Official Sponsor of Mother Nature’ emblazoned on the side. The City has been given the bus as a demo for a week’s time by a manufacturer - one of which the City has been researching and discussing electric bus options. The bus is 100 percent electric with zero emissions.

“This model is one of several we are looking at from different companies,” said Councillor Boyce. “The progress being made in these areas is huge and it’s exciting to be finding options which are efficient, economical and environmentally positive. Saving residents money and respecting our environment – it’s a win-win for everyone.”

The BYD bus being tested by Belleville Transit is emission free and takes approximately two hours to charge. Once fully charged it can travel for approximately 300 kilometres.

“It’s important to look ahead and determine actions the City can take now which will help to align us with progressive plans we need to implement, perhaps not today, but within the next few years,” Councillor Jack Miller, Transit Committee Chair added.

Manager and Planner of Transit Services Matt Coffey encouraged the Belleville Transit drivers to test drive the bus and provide feedback on their experience. “Within the next ten years it is conceivable that legislation will require zero emission buses to replace our current fleets. We are gaining a clearer understanding of the product features ¬and the charging dock facilities required to make this transition. We want our transit system to be on the leading edge of this progressive green technology.”

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