BYD is a massive, global manufacturing company. Based in China and partially owned by Warren Buffet’s Berkshire Hathaway, BYD manufactures electric and hybrid vehicles, solar power systems, environmentally-friendly rechargeable batteries, battery energy storage systems and energy efficient LED lighting. All told, the company employs more than 200,000 worldwide. Now, BYD has expanded its American operations
The company recently announced it had opened up a new North American headquarters in the Los Angeles area, which we first noted it had plans to do last year. The new operation is bringing up to 150 green-collar engineering and management jobs focused on research and development. The company also said the new headquarters will serve as the focal point for privately owned BYD dealerships across the continent.
BYD claims that their new headquarters, which they call a green technology investment, will generate hundreds of additional jobs in the region. Dealerships will sell BYD’s landmark dual-mode electric and e6 pure electric vehicles to consumers and commercial fleets, all-electric long-range eBUS commercial buses, rapid charging stations, LED and solar street and parking light systems, residential solar systems, and replacement parts.
BYD has been quite busy lately. The company’s all electric bus, the eBus-12, was recently selected by Hertz for testing the viability of an electric bus on its airport routes. In addition, the company has been aggressively marketing it’s electric car, the e6.