BYD opens first electric bus assembly plant in Canada

BYD has opened its first electric bus assembly plant in Canada. The 45,000-square-foot facility in Newmarket, Ontario will focus on assembling buses for the Toronto Transit Commission, Canada’s largest transit operator.

BYD currently has buses on order or in operation throughout Canada, including in Montreal and neighboring Longueuil, where the company sold nine buses last year.

Ted Dowling, VP of BYD Canada, said, “BYD is well-positioned to replicate in Canada the kind of rapid growth we’ve seen in places like Lancaster, California, a plant which started with about 100 workers in 2013 and now employs more than 750. Together with our partners in York Region and the town of Newmarket we’re going to put Canada on the map as a North American leader in electric bus assembly.”

Source: BYD via Green Car Congress

  • Daniel

    Good for you, BYD. Though the strategy is different, Chinese Bus makers are really doing well in EV field. As the EV driving motor supplier of Yutong, our sales volume also reached 300000 sets last year.

    • Jeff Voll

      Daniel, very interesting volumes for your EV business. Where are you located? NA or China?

      • Daniel

        Hi, Jeff. We are in Suzhou,China. About 1 hour driving distance to Shanghai. About the volume, sorry, I have a mistake. The exact volume is 30,000 sets electromotor for commercial vehicle last year. But this year, our new plant will start working, and the productivity can reach 300,000 fir commercial vehicle and passenger vehicle.

  • GearsOfWoe

    This is a major FOAD to Manitoba. The contract went to a Chinese company rather than NFI located in Winnipeg. They pandered to their Conservative base rather than commit to the Federal carbon tax plan and use the revenue to support NFI and their electric buses. At least their premier has raised his profile on the national stage with his anti-climate crisis crap. What’s his name again?