Bus

BYD's first Calif.-built all-electric bus unveiled

Posted on April 29, 2014

California Gov. Jerry Brown joined a host of local, state and company officials at the unveiling of BYD’s first California-made, all-electric 40-foot rapid transit bus at ceremony held at BYD’s new plant in Lancaster.

EXCLUSIVE: View METRO's exclusive photo gallery here.

Gov. Brown touted the new electric bus and plant, comparing the breakthrough technology to strides made in aviation years before. He also spoke about Lancaster’s goal to become the first net-zero city in the U.S., as well as the long history of bipartisan support in the state for both environmentally-friendly and pro-transportation measures.

Gov. Jerry Brown
Gov. Jerry Brown
“This is a small beginning — a few buses — but it holds the promise of something very big and very important,” Gov. Brown said. “It really is a harbinger of great things to come.”

BYD’s new plant has added 60 new jobs for American workers, with the company expecting to increase the number of new jobs created to 100 by the end of the year, while adding 200 more by the end of next year. The company hopes this will be the first of many cities where BYD will provide clean energy electric buses, while creating more jobs for Americans.

“This event is truly historic with the unveiling of the first California-made, all-electric, long-range, 40-foot rapid transit buses lasting up to 24 hours on a single charge,” said CEO of BYD Motors, Stella Li. “BYD has a long and solid commitment to provide zero-emission, superior technology transportation vehicles in the United States. We are starting out here in Lancaster, Calif., with the goal of providing clean energy electric buses, throughout the United States, creating even more jobs for Americans.

BYD's President Stella Li and her team were all thumbs up.
BYD's President Stella Li and her team were all thumbs up.
BYD Motors Inc. is an American manufacturing company and a wholly-owned subsidiary of BYD Co. Ltd., the largest domestic auto-manufacturer and electric-bus manufacturer in China.

The company currently has two buses completed, with that number approaching five very soon and up to 50 by the end of the year, according to BYD’s Brendan Riley, VP, fleet sales.

View comments or post a comment on this story. (0 Comments)

More News

New Flyer lands Texas bus order

The contract includes 10 firm orders, with options to purchase an additional 18 buses, and establishes a new partnership.

Virginia agency adding 8 ARBOC Spirit of Mobility

The order will replace older, existing buses in the fleet and supplement three ARBOC buses purchased in 2017.

Iowa DOT approves contract to add Vicinity buses

There are no minimum or maximum bus quantities, with orders from the various agencies subject to funding and agency needs.

BYD enters new market in Europe with Danish bus order

The order was placed by Anchersen, a Danish bus company, which operates on 19 of Movia’s routes in Copenhagen.

Montgomery County, Md. breaks ground on BRT corridor

Starting in 2020, the 14-mile, 11-station BRT will run between Burtonsville and downtown Silver Spring

See More News

Post a Comment

Post Comment

Comments (0)

More From The World's Largest Fleet Publisher

Automotive Fleet

The Car and truck fleet and leasing management magazine

Business Fleet

managing 10-50 company vehicles

Fleet Financials

Executive vehicle management

Government Fleet

managing public sector vehicles & equipment

TruckingInfo.com

THE COMMERCIAL TRUCK INDUSTRY’S MOST IN-DEPTH INFORMATION SOURCE

Work Truck Magazine

The number 1 resource for vocational truck fleets

Schoolbus Fleet

Serving school transportation professionals in the U.S. and Canada

LCT Magazine

Global Resource For Limousine and Bus Transportation