While Chinese automakers continue to work on exporting their first cars for consumers here in the U.S., they’re quietly making inroads in other transportation segments like busing. Lancaster, Calif., recently announced Chinese-based automaker “Build Your Dreams” (BYD) will be establishing two manufacturing plants here in the city, making this municipality a bit of a green technology player given its recent solar energy plans.
States Lancaster Mayor R. Rex Parris, “We truly are making history. The City of Lancaster is honored to play host to BYD, a first-rate firm known around the globe as a leader in battery and sustainable energy technologies. Our community looks forward to working hand-in-hand with BYD as they develop and perfect their e-bus and energy storage technology right here in Lancaster. The opening of not one, but two manufacturing facilities will provide local workers with hundreds of jobs as BYD expands its operations here in the United States, and also represents a significant investment into our local economy and in California.”
This will be the first time BYD has established such plants here in the U.S. One will build electric buses while the other facility will develop an Iron-Phosphate battery. The automaker will use the former Rexhall Industries recreational vehicle manufacturing facility in Lancaster for its electric bus operations.
BYD has been quite busy in the electric bus segment here in the states. In 2011, car-rental company Hertz debuted its EV bus, the E-Bus 12. Used to transport passengers at the Los Angeles International Airport, the E-12 was supplied by BYD. More recently, the Long Beach Transit Authority awarded a $12.1 million contract to BYD to supply the city with 10 EV buses.
Said Stella Li, President of BYD Motors, “We have been extremely impressed with the resources of LA County and the leadership shown across many cities, including Los Angeles, Long Beach and Lancaster.”