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L.A. recognizes BYD for clean transportation, job creation leadership

Posted on March 10, 2016

BYD's President/CEO Stella Li.
BYD's President/CEO Stella Li.

Los Angeles County Supervisor Michael D. Antonovich hosted a special presentation in recognition of BYD Motors President Stella Li for the electric vehicle’s manufacturer’s leadership in building a clean economy workforce in the county by developing all-electric public transit buses at its facility in the City of Lancaster.

BYD Motors currently has a contract with the Antelope Valley Transit Authority (AVTA) to build 85 all-electric buses, which will make it the first 100% electric public transit fleet in the nation.

“I am pleased to honor BYD Motors today for its leadership in building clean, advanced vehicle technologies that will help improve our region’s air quality while also creating jobs,” said Supervisor Antonovich, who represents the 5th Supervisorial District, which includes the Antelope Valley. “This partnership between the AVTA and BYD will lead to growth in well-paying jobs and help boast Los Angeles County’s economy.”

At an LA County Board of Supervisors meeting, Supervisor Antonovich delivered a presentation congratulating Stella Li on her efforts in job creation with BYD in LA County. The entire Board of Supervisors was in attendance to offer their praise and congratulations to Stella Li and BYD Motors.

“I am proud to accept this honor of behalf of BYD Motors today,” said Stella Li. “Within three years, BYD has built numerous clean transportation projects for communities across the U.S. and created 300 good-paying jobs in the process. We continue to grow and expect to double or triple the number of jobs within three years. In addition, these electric buses also bring an economic benefit to fleets, for example, two buses have operated at Antelope Valley Transit Authority for over one year and have proven an operational cost of $0.35 per mile verses diesel buses operating at $1.55 per mile. I am grateful for the support of our elected officials and for their recognition of our efforts to build a clean economy in LA County.”

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