An electric bus will be used to carry passengers between Victoria and Nanaimo as part of a pilot project between the Wilson's Group and BYD Canada.
A 41-passenger coach, powered by a 313-kWh battery, will be used for a three-month trial starting April 22.
“It has always been our company’s plan to reduce our emissions and footprint," Wilson's Group President and CEO John Wilson said. "However, with the setback we experienced through COVID, the high cost of replacing our fleet with electric vehicles seemed out of reach. This new partnership allows both companies to help do our part towards a sustainable future.”
The bus, a Model C8M, is expected to reduce emissions for the route by 97%.