Chinese firm BYD to build electric buses in Ontario

Say Watt
? In a shocking development proving there's no place like ohm
, Chinese company BYD is amped
to announce it will be assembling electric buses in Ontario. According to them, this won't hertz
a bit.
Okay, fine, enough with the dad jokes. BYD already makes buses south of the border, but the new 45,000-square-foot facility in Newmarket, Ontario will be the company's first foray of this type into the Great White North.
'We are dedicated to partnering with municipalities across Canada, and we are passionate about our mission to create a cleaner environment here in North America and across the globe,' said BYD President Stella Li.
The company is already active in the Canadian market, with buses on order or in operation in places like Toronto and Grand Prairie. The new plant will first focus on assembling buses for the TTC, which has apparently placed an order for ten pure-electric buses with an option for 30 more.
The busmaker is hoping for a success similar to that it's found in its California facility, a location that started with a handful of workers five years ago and now employs about 750 people after a series of rapid growth initiatives.
According to the company's website, it markets four different types of transit
buses, ranging from 30 to 60 feet in length. It isn't yet clear what ones are slated for assembly in Canada. In a strange twist of fate, urban legend has it that when Chinese entrepreneurs wanted to construct cars in their own country before the climate was favourable to do so, they told authorities they were actually building buses. Now, that's exactly the product they're assembling in our country.
BYD has 240,000 employees across the globe, including nearly 1,000 in North America.
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