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Say hello to the world’s first long-range battery E-bus!

BYD (Build your Dreams) is an all-electric bus manufacturers in North America, Europe and Asia.

They loaned CMBC a beautiful, brand new 40’ LFS electric bus to demo at a number of our depots and office locations this week.

Today, it was right here at Sapperton – TransLink’s HQ!

So, I took it upon myself to wonder down and have a look.

Some features of these buses:

  • Environmentally friendly, non-toxic, BYD Iron-Phosphate Battery powered. In fact, this battery at full charge will allow for about 250 km of driving and the battery lasts for 4000 charges meaning one battery can last a bus 1,000,000 kms!
  • Because it is 100% electric, there are zero emissions
  • Energy recovery and battery recharging through optimal regenerative braking which reduces brake component wear
  • Highly efficient and powerful AC in-wheel hub motors provide instant torque to perform in all driving conditions
  • Bi-directional AC charging allows full charging from 0-100% within four hours and the bus can be used as a mobile generator

Take a look at this beauty!

For more specs and information on this bus, check out this brochure.

Author: Adrienne Coling


  • By Braden, October 14, 2016 @ 6:15 am

    From CMBC’s perspective, how does this compare to the Proterra Catalyst E2? The Proterra seems to have more than twice the range (550 km) and a similar charge time.

  • By David, October 14, 2016 @ 1:05 pm

    Nice bus but too bad they have to block the windows with advertising zero emissions when they could have put that on the side of the bus below the windows.

  • By cars, October 17, 2016 @ 12:40 am

    Bi-directional AC charging allows full charging from 0-100% within four hours and the bus can be used as a mobile generator

  • By Bryn, October 17, 2016 @ 10:41 am

    Any idea how the price on these compares to trolley busses?

  • By Stephen Rees, October 17, 2016 @ 1:55 pm builds electric buses right here in Vancouver. Why not try one of them?

  • By Eric Doherty, October 17, 2016 @ 10:08 pm

    Considering that TransLink already has a large electric trolley bus fleet, testing In Motion Charging (IMC) buses would seem like the way to further electrify the fleet. European manufactures are leading with this blending of trolley bus and battery bus tech, but any trolley bus manufacturer could build them (like New Flyer who built TransLink’s trolley buses at their factory in Winnipeg). Federal money will probably be available soon for electric buses, and creating jobs in Canada will therefore be a factor. For more on IMC see

  • By Elfren Ordanza, October 18, 2016 @ 2:10 pm

    Is this bus still here in the lower mainland?

  • By aaron abas, January 14, 2017 @ 8:46 am

    will you get any of these buses? if yes, when will they come?
    thanks, aaron

  • By Adrienne Coling, January 16, 2017 @ 12:21 pm

    No plans for that as of yet but CMBC and TL are always looking at new technologies that could be usable in our future. Thanks!

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