CANADIAN TOUR COMPANY WANTS 100% CLEAN-ENERGY FLEET BY 2023
Westcoach Sightseeing is the first tour company in Canada to order clean energy buses, and the first to commit to having a 100% clean-energy fleet by 2023. Recently it ordered its first zero emission, battery-electric bus AT BYD.
Westcoast Sightseeing is the largest private tourist bus operator in Vancouver, and will work exclusively with BYD on converting their entire fleet of 90 buses to electric driven coaches. The fleet consists of open top buses, double decks, singles and others. The first five buses will be procured taking advantage of the provincial Specialty-Use Vehicle Incentive to help make the procurement possible. The incentive provides up to $50,000 for the purchase of electric buses. Westcoach Sightseeing will also work together with the city of Vancouver where it is based, to develop charging infrastructure. It is the idea that this not only will benefit Westcoach but many other companies in order to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
“Our business is built around the natural beauty of our home and we are especially conscious of the impact our day-to-day operations has on the environment,” said Rob Safrata, Chief Executive Officer of Westcoach Sightseeing. “We are proudly working towards a greener and more sustainable future. And adding electric buses and boats is the first step to achieve our goal in 2023 of becoming the first Sightseeing firm in Canada with 100% electric vehicles.” Westcoach Sightseeing started in 1984 as a family business delivering guided tours onboard minibuses and recently added Electric Harbour tours to its line of sightseeing products, providing the first Harbor tour on a 100% electric boat in Vancouver.
The BYD battery-electric buses will deliver a reduction in carbon emissions of some 4,500 Metric Tons of carbon emissions per year based on EPA standards.
BYD states that it has delivered more than 270 buses in North America; and sold or leased in excess of 600 buses in total to more than 50 municipal, transit agency, university, airport, federal and other commercial and private sector clients in 14 U.S. states, and across 4 provinces in Canada.