We are constantly striving for a cleaner, greener fleet it's one of our goals in creating sustainable communities and reducing our global footprint.
BC Transit is testing the 2007 Alexander Dennis double deckers new EPA 2010-certified engine on Victoria roads. This is the first time an EPA 2010-certified engine has been tested on a double decker in North America. Configured as a commuter bus, the 42-long double decker features reclining, high-back seats and noise dampening pads. Read the release.
Manufactured in China, the BYD eBus-12 uses zero emission technology. Using an iron phosphate battery, the electric bus can travel up to 250 kilometres per charge. The eBUS-12 also integrates solar panels on the bus roof, converting solar energy to electricity. As part of its North American tour, the electric bus made the capital city as its first stop in British Columbia. Visit byd.cn or watch the video. Read the release.
In Whistler, we are operating the world's largest fleet of Hydrogen Fuel Cell buses in one location. The 20-bus fleet was showcased at the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games. Click here to learn more.
As well as environmental advantages, the Hybrid Electric Bus has lower fuel, operating and life cycle costs. BC Transit unveiled Canada's first new hybrid electric bus and North America's first hybrid double-deck bus. Learn more about hybrid technology and how BC Transit is leading the way.
New BC Transit facilities are being designed and constructed using sustainable practices. They will also have lower maintenance costs and better operational efficiency.
In 2009, BC Transit purchased 5 hybrid vehicles for Transit Supervisors in the Victoria Regional Transit system. Hybridization will result in a reduction of 48.7 t/CO2 emission compared with the former incumbent technology combustion engine vehicles.
We are helping clear the air! By installing special filters and catalysts on over 180 diesel powered buses through a retrofit program, we will reduce their particulate matter emissions by 50%, hydrocarbons by 16 tonnes a year and carbon monoxide by 222 tonnes a year.
Since 2007, BC Transit has migrated toward using a renewable biodiesel blended with ultra low sulphur diesel. Fleet use of biodiesel resulted in a lifecycle reduction of more that 2,800 tonnes of CO2 in 2009. Learn more about our biodiesel.
BC Transit is the first company in North America to test the prototype Vicinity, a 27.5 foot European-inspired community bus, The Vicinity is a sleek, low-floor, kneeling bus that seats 23 passengers. It offers substantial long-term cost savings in fuel and maintenance and has a longer service life compared to other buses in its class. Read the full news release.
In 2010, BC Transit demonstrated the Hydrogen Hybrid Bus (HHB ) prototype in Victoria's transit system. An innovative hybrid electric fuel cell vehicle, the HHB produces clean electric power in a lighter, quieter and more aerodynamic design that is better suited for today's transportation demands. The HHB's only emission is water vapour. Read the full news release.