The Canadian province of Alberta is partnering with the world’s leading all-electric bus firm, BYD, for the development of “smarter, safer transit buses,” according to an email sent to CleanTechnica and EV Obsession.
The new framework agreement seems to be a serious one, as it was actually signed in the presence of Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Canadian Minister of International Trade Chrystia Freeland, while in Shanghai.
BYD has delivered more than 10,000 buses worldwide that have more than 250 million kilometers of in revenue service.
The email notes that BYD is bringing substantial electric bus expertise to the partnership, having been arguably the first to bring a long-range, all-electric transit bus to market (back in 2011). The BYD lineup now includes 7 different electric bus models, “ranging from a 23-foot coach to a 60-foot articulated transit bus,” BYD notes.
Current plans call for initial program details to be hammered out between BYD, partner firms in Alberta’s tech industry, the Alberta Centre for Advanced MNT Products, the University of Alberta, and the University of Calgary, later this fall.