BYD to transform Vancouver sightseeing operation to electric buses

BYD Canada has won a contract to convert the fleet of Westcoast Sightseeing to battery electric buses by 2023. The largest private bus operator in Vancouver, Westcoast Sightseeing is working exclusively with BYD on replacing its entire fleet of 90 buses, which will include open-top buses, double-decks and single-decks with electric buses.

“Our business is built around the natural beauty of our home and we are especially conscious of the impact our day-to-day operations has on the environment,” says Rob Safrata, chief executive officer of Westcoast Sightseeing. “We are proudly working towards a greener and more sustainable future. And adding electric buses and boats is the first step to achieve our goal in 2023 of becoming the first sightseeing firm in Canada with 100 per cent electric vehicles.”

BYD Canada vice president Ted Dowling adds: “Rob Safrata has long held a clean energy vision and we are excited to be working with him. This aligns perfectly with the recent announcement by British Columbia Premier John Horgan for the need to find other ways to reduce emissions.”

BYD Canada also has buses on order or in operation for Société de transport de Montréal, Réseau de transport de Longueuil in Quebec; Toronto Transit Commission in Ontario, and St. Albert  and Grand Prairie in Alberta.

BYD has delivered more than 270 buses in North America to date and sold or leased in excess of 600 buses to more than 50 municipal, transit agency, university, airport, federal and other commercial and private sector clients in 14 US states, and four provinces in Canada.