Commuting on ElectronsEddie Francis, the mayor of Windsor, Ontario, announced that his city had made a deal to purchase 10 electric buses made by BYD, the Chinese company that has now been trying to bring electric cars (like the E6 and F6DM) to North-America for years without much success. Maybe they'll have better luck with bigger vehicles?
The buses are 40-foot long and powered by BYD Iron-Phosphate batteries which, according to the company, "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."
The city is also working on a plan to repurpose the batteries into fixed energy storage systems when they are retired from the road after 12-15 years (that's a lot of miles on a bus...).
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.”