Chinese electric-vehicle maker BYD has announced that it opened its first plant in Canada, which will initially focus on assembling buses for the Toronto public transport agency, Reuters reports.
The 45,000-square-foot facility, based in Ontario, will for now cater to the Toronto Transit Commission, the company was quoted as saying.
The public transport agency will receive 10 electric buses with an option for 30 more, according to the Warren Buffett-backed Chinese firm.
As traditional automakers withdraw from Canada, municipalities across the country are doubling their efforts to tackle climate change through zero-emissions transit, Ted Dowling, vice-president of BYD Canada, said.
Last year, Reuters reported that BYD had put plans to open its first Canadian electric truck plant on hold but could revive the project when the electric vehicle maker sees a business case.
BYD had last year planned to open the site with about 40 workers, aimed at boosting green manufacturing in Ontario, Canada’s most populous province.
The company is looking to replicate its Lancaster, California plant, which started with about 100 workers in 2013 and now employs more than 750 people, the report noted.
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