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Edmonton Begins Testing Electric Buses

| June 11, 2014

BYDEdmonton Transit System (ETS) has begun testing two electric buses, known as ETS Stealth buses, that operate entirely on electricity.

The buses are designed to run quietly and cleanly and are more cost-effective to fuel and maintain than diesel engine buses currently in use. ETS Stealth buses have no exhaust pipes and generate zero emissions when being driven.

They are being run on various ETS routes across the city, traveling with regularly scheduled buses in service and for special events.

Passengers can board free of charge. Instead of paying a fare, passengers will be asked to complete a survey describing their experience riding an electric bus.

The ETS Stealth buses are on lease from BYD Company Ltd. (Build Your Dreams) until October 2014. During the four-month pilot ETS will evaluate the suitability of the ETS Stealth bus based on several factors, including passenger load capacity, passenger comfort, reliability and how well the buses navigate Edmonton’s roadway network.

 

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