June 25, 2019 by Kyle Field
The new energy company BYD is taking a new step into the lucrative North American bus market with the announcement of a new bus service in Newmarket, Ontario, Canada. The new 45,000 square foot facility represents a new step forward in the electrified future of North America.
"We are dedicated to working with municipalities across Canada, and we are committed to creating a cleaner environment here in North America and worldwide," said BYD President Stella Li.
BYD's new factory in Newmarket, Ontario, provides BYD with additional bus production capacity near the US East Coast, as well as opening up new partnerships in Canada. It is based on BYD's existing bus ban agreements in Toronto, Victoria, Longeuil, St. Albert and Grand Prairie. "We are proud to establish a home in Canada; it confirms that we are committed to being rooted in this country and in this province," said Ted Dowling, Vice President, BYD Canada. "We look forward to creating new partnerships across the nation. "
The new factory already has its first march orders, with an order of 10 full electric BYD Buses for the largest transit operator in Canada, the Toronto Transit Commission (TTC) .TTC also has the opportunity to add another 30 BYD buses beyond the first order.
The new factory promises new jobs to Canada as many car manufacturers Factories in Canada are facing uncertain fate in the face of staggering sales. "As traditional car manufacturing withdraws from Canada, municipalities across the country are changing their efforts to tackle climate change through zero emissions transit," said Dowling.
BYD has a fast track record of bringing future evidence, pure tech jobs into communities where it sets up shop, just as it has done in Southern California. "BYD is well positioned to replicate in Canada the kind of rapid growth we have seen in places like Lancaster, California – a plant that started with around 100 workers in 2013, and now has more than 750. Together with our partners in the York Region and The city of Newmarket we will put Canada on the map as a North American leader in the Electric Bus Assembly, Dowling says.