'E-Bus' Visits Mississauga

An electric battery-powered bus - the "E-bus" - that could one day be a staple of public transit is on display in Mississauga.

A Canadian prototype of the bus, made by Clarkson-based East Wind Group and Canadian Rail Collision and Refurbish Inc., will be at an industrial unit at 1175 Meyerside Dr., Unit #8, tomorrow through Friday and from May 24-26, from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. each day.

MiWay (formerly Mississauga Transit) and other municipal transit authorities will be on hand Wednesday to view the prototype.

"For the first time in Canada you will be able to view this cost-effective, sophisticated E-bus," said East Wind Group president Dave Owen, who hopes Canada's transportation industry will soon buy into the new technology.

East Wind Group and Chinese technology and auto manufacturer Build Your Dreams (BYD) are working together to bring the bus to Canada, Owen said.

BYD has developed long-life batteries that are environmentally friendly and can power the E-bus for more than 300 kilometres on a single charge, Owen added.

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