Thursday, April 18, 2013

Build Your Dreams to Lancaster, California


BYD  Lancaster facility

SHENZHEN, China — Gov. Jerry Brown, visiting the headquarters of an electric car and bus manufacturer here, announced Tuesday that the company would open a factory in Lancaster, the first Chinese-owned vehicle plant on American soil.The firm, Build Your Dreams, or BYD, will put 10 new plug-in buses on the streets of Long Beach beginning next year after assembling them in the Lancaster facility, with hopes of producing dozens more in coming years.

"It's very significant," said Brown, speaking in this southern port city on the last full day of his weeklong visit to China. "I think it's very important that we start replacing the bus fleet with electric buses."
The new buses, which BYD says can run up to 150 miles with a full passenger load on a single charge, will contain parts made mostly in China, where BYD has hundreds of buses on the road. Company officials say every vehicle produced in Lancaster will translate into one California job, in addition to the 40 or so people the company currently employs at the downtown Los Angeles headquarters of BYD America.
Opening ceremonies at the Lancaster plant are set for May 1.
Most Chinese investment in the U.S., according to expert Jock O'Connell of Beacon Economics, has tended to be in "high tech areas, where they are looking to tap into our commercial edge." But experienced foreign firms that have thrived with the help of subsidies in their home countries are increasingly looking for ways to tap into the billions of dollars of public money available in the U.S., much of which is in California.
With increasingly strict air-quality rules and plenty of government subsidies available, the potential market for electric buses is sizable. As existing fleets age and buses with diesel engines are scrapped, public transit agencies will be shopping for thousands of eco-friendly vehicles in the next few years.
Electric ones are projected to play a central role in the shift to cleaner vehicles. The governor said the plans by BYD, in which billionaire investor Warren Buffet has a 10% stake, could help bring other green-vehicle manufacturers to the state.
After a company tour Tuesday, Brown stepped onto a model of an electric bus that will be assembled in California. As the vehicle rolled through the BYD campus, Brown grabbed an overhead bar and did a couple of pull-ups, to the delight of company officials who were along for the ride.
Brown and his wife, Anne Gust Brown, also looked at roughly a dozen electric and fuel-efficient cars made by the company, including a new hybrid automobile that BYD officials have dubbed "the Prius killer." Brown was visibly impressed when company officials told him the new Qin auto gets 118 miles per gallon.
O'Connell said the new BYD factory could be a boon for California, where most new jobs have tended to be in high technology and professional occupations unsuited to the large slice of the population whose education stopped with a high school diploma.
"Typically this kind of facility goes into the right-to-work states, in the South, where the labor and the land costs are cheaper," he said. "It's a positive sign that a company would locate a manufacturing plant here in California."

North America

  1. BYD electric bus rolled out in U.S. at the 16th BUSCON in Chicago on September 13, 2011 and after that, BYD launched its tour and road shows in Omaha, New York, Washington, D.C., Indianapolis, Chicago, Denver, Los Angeles, Seattle, Portland and San Francisco in the United States, and Toronto, Victoria, Vancouver and other major cities in Canada.[28] BYD has supplied one all-electric K9 bus to be retrofitted with WAVE’s wireless charging pad under the bus, developed by the Utah State University Energy Dynamics Laboratory, one of the leaders in wireless power transfer for vehicles in 2012.
  2. The city of Windsor, Ont. has signed a letter of intent with BYD to order as many as 10 electric buses from the Chinese renewable-energy bus manufacturer in May, 2012 and Transit Windsor plans to add two of those 12-metre electric buses to its fleet by fall of this year.[

BYD electric bus or BYD ebus, called K9 in China, is an all-electric bus model manufactured by BYD powered with its self-developed Iron-phosphate battery, being alleged as featuring the longest drive range of 250 km(155 miles) on one single charge under urban road condition. BYD electric bus was rolled off line on September 30, 2010 in Changsha city of Hunan province, China and received a 1000-unit order[1] from the local government at the same time. This pure electric bus is another renewable energy vehicle masterpiece of BYD following its models like F3DM, F6DM and e6. The K9 has a 12-meter body length and 18-ton weight with one-step low-floor interior for passengers' comfort, reportedly priced at 2–3 million yuan (S$395,000-S$592,600).[2] It has been running/tested in China and many other countries and regions such as Hong Kong,[3] U.S., Colombia, Chile, Spain, Netherlands and Denmark.[4][5][6][7][8] More than 200 BYD electric bus, in public transit service in Shenzhen China, have accumulated over 9,216,000 km (or 5,529,600 miles) by the end of August, 2012.[4]


In both years of 2011 and 2012, BYD has obtained electric bus orders from various countries/regions across the world, accumulating to 1200 units plus.[9][10][11][12] In order to meet the increasing demands for its electric-driven-only bus, the company extended its production base in Tianjin city of China at the end of July, 2012[13] and probably has such plans in some other overseas regions like Brazil[14] and Windsor of Canada

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