Build Your Dreams (BYD) Canada announced its zero-emission, battery-electric trucks are officially available to import into Canada for sale and operation. The announcement was made upon receiving confirmation of compliance with Canadian Motor Vehicle Safety Regulations (CMVSR) and Canadian Motor Vehicle Safety Standards (CMVSS), and inclusion on the “Vehicle Manufacturers Registry” with Transport Canada.
As required, BYD must maintain an active and ongoing compliance program, provide current documentation and testing to support their declaration of compliance to applicable CMVSS, as well as have the ability to facilitate product recalls if required.
Transport Canada, the department within the government of Canada which is responsible for developing regulations, policies and services of transportation, first approved the sale and operation of BYD buses back in April 2014. Since that time, BYD buses have proven all-season performance, including use in service on local and commuter routes for agencies such as St. Albert Transit in extreme cold weather. BYD had more electric buses on the Canadian roads than any other firm, with 9 of the 13 buses delivered to date.
The minimum performance levels that vehicles and equipment must meet in order to legally operate on Canadian roads includes several standards beyond the U.S. Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards.
BYD’s zero-emission battery-electric trucks deliver a host of environmental benefits as well as a number of advantages to communities such as reduced noise pollution. They can be used to replace fleets of fossil fuel burning trucks that include Municipal Service, Refuse and Recycle Fleets, Courier and Delivery Vehicles to name a few.
In November 2017, Loblaw, the largest Canadian food retailer, trialed the BYD Class 8 Tractor to deliver groceries from their Vancouver Distribution Center to a local store in West End Vancouver.