The fleet of electric buses in the Elk Valley is likely to grow. (Image: Teck Resources)
BRITISH COLUMBIA – Vancouver-based Teck Resources is rolling out a pair of electric buses to transport workers to and from the Fording River and Greenhills coal mines in the Elk Valley. The new vehicles are a much greener solution to the diesel-powered buses they replace.
Teck is committed to a greener future. (Image: Teck Resources)
Teck says that as far as it knows this is the first time electric passenger buses have been used for employee transport in the Canadian mining industry.
The benefits of the new electric buses are threefold: 1) The reduction of greenhouse gases is equal to taking 10 gasoline-powered cars off the road; 2) The operating costs are about only 50% compared to standard diesel buses over a 10- to 12-year lifespan; and 3) Their quieter operation will be enjoyed not only by passengers but by communities along the bus routes.
Since 2011, Teck has implemented projects to reduce GHG emissions at its operations by 289,000 tonnes – the equivalent of taking over 88,000 conventional automobiles off the road. What is learned from the first two electric buses is expected to eventually lead to more electric passenger vehicles.
Teck was named the top mining company on the 2019 Dow Jones Sustainability Index. Read more at www.Teck.com.