BYD Canada says ten zero-emission, 40-foot K9M battery-electric buses will be put into service by the Toronto Transit Commission (TTC).

TTC is Canada’s largest and North America’s third largest transit operator.

“This is an important milestone for the city, for the province and BYD and we can’t wait for Torontonians to see what BYD’s combination of best-in-class technology and Canadian know-how can deliver for their city,” said BYD Canada VP, Ted Dowling.

The ten buses are the first from BYD’s 45,000-square-foot assembly facility in Newmarket, Ontario; the first new electric bus plant to open in the province in a generation. The assembly of the buses created 30 jobs and are the first buses built in Ontario since Orion closed its plant in 2012.

“Beyond the jobs they create, these ten buses delivered to Toronto will help remove nearly 8,400 metric tonnes of GHG from the atmosphere over their lifetime –just imagine what we could do with more,” added Dowling.

The Toronto Transit Commission is one of several customers in Canada purchasing zero-emission, battery-electric BYD buses. The order represents a significant advance towards TTC’s goal of purchasing all emission-free buses beginning in 2025 and completing a fleet conversion by 2040.

Each of these new buses will remove around nine tonnes of nitrogen oxides, 159kg of diesel particulate matter and approximately 1,530 tonnes of CO2 from the atmosphere during the 12-year life-cycle of the vehicle.