BYD Canada, a unit of BYD Motors Inc., reported its zero-emissions, battery-electric trucks officially are available to import into Canada for sale and operation.
The announcement was made after compliance with Canadian Motor Vehicle Safety Regulations and Canadian Motor Vehicle Safety Standards, and inclusion on Transport Canada’s Vehicle Manufacturers Registry, according to the company.
“This is wonderful news and something that our compliance team has been working hard to achieve,” BYD Canada Vice President Ted Dowling said in a statement.
The ability to bring these zero-emissions trucks to Canada fits with Canadian climate change policies, he said.
BYD’s battery-electric trucks can be used to replace fleets of fossil fuel burning trucks, including those in municipal service, refuse and recycle fleets, and courier and delivery operations.
In November 2017, Loblaw Cos., the largest Canadian food retailer, tested BYD’s Class 8 tractor to deliver groceries from its Vancouver distribution center to a local store in West End Vancouver.
“Electric vehicles are our future, from the large fleet of trucks taking products from distribution centers to stores to an evolution in how local, home deliveries are done,” Loblaw Senior Director Wayne Scott said in a statement. “Loblaw has a goal to reduce our carbon emissions by 30% by 2030, and we believe zero-emission battery-electric trucks will help us get there, hopefully sooner than planned.”
China-based BYD is the world’s largest manufacturer of electric vehicles and the leader in battery-electric buses with nearly 40,000 buses in service across North America, South America, Asia and Europe.