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TUMBLER RIDGE, B.C. – Conuma Resources and its coach operator, Golden Arrow, have announced the successful trial of a brand new electric bus as a way to transport workers between its mines.

This new electric bus, built by Motor Coach Industries, is the first of its kind. The bus is engineered to carry 60 passengers and travel more than 320 kilometres on a single charge.

The bus, MCI J4500 Charge, has gone through field testing over diverse terrain, including local mine and forestry roads, and was on display during the successful trial announcement in Tumbler Ridge on Thursday.

“Conuma Resources’ trial of an electric motorcoach to help with transporting workers between mines is a great example of the innovation needed for B.C.’s mining sector to be a leader in sustainable mining,” said Bruce Ralston, Minister of Energy, Mines and Low Carbon Innovation.

“B.C. has the highest uptake of electric vehicles in North America, and it’s amazing to see mining companies stepping up and adopting clean energy technologies and supporting our transition to a low carbon economy.” 

Counma says the trial shows the company’s dedication to environmental, social and corporate governance. The company adds that it remained committed to innovation to reduce its environmental footprint and improve sustainability.

Conuma Resources is a steelmaking coal producer based in Northeast B.C. and was founded in 2016.

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