BYD Begins Expansion Of Electric Bus Factory In California

3 months ago by Mark Kane 10

BYD Motors Electric Buses

After a slow start in 2013, BYD’s activity in the U.S. has progressively expanded step-by-step in the electric bus and commercial truck segments.

BYD Lancaster Bus Factory

The Chinese subsidiary has already reached the level of hundreds of commercial units built in the US – about 300 buses and 150 trucks, according to a  recent Trucks article.

One of the most recent orders that will be adding to that total is 20 buses headed to UC Irvine.

BYD is anchored in California, where it currently is expanding its assembly facility in Lancaster.  Today’s workforce of 530 people is expected to triple by 2020.

While we are accustomed to BYD offering electric buses in all sizes and shapes (including a double decker), it turns out that BYD’s truck portfolio is also one of the broadest available today:

“The company presently offers medium-duty step vans, stake-bed, box and refrigerated trucks using BYD’s trucks in the Class 5 through 7 weight segments. It offers a Class 6 trash collection truck and Class 8 tractors designed for the short-haul goods movement industry, principally in ports and other freight-handling facilities. Its step vans have been developed as a pilot project with delivery giant UPS, opening up a significant potential marketplace.”

“BYD also is developing a heavy-duty trash truck and a Class 8 on-road tractor for the U.S. market, using a model already in service in China”

Other kinds of trucks are also in developments, including Class 1 to 4.

Current production capacity today stands at about 150 buses and 100 trucks annually, but it could increase 10 times if needed:

“The 120,000-square-foot BYD Coach and Bus plant in Lancaster can turn out 150 buses and 100 trucks annually. Bus production could grow to 1,000 units when the plant is fully built out, Swanton said.

As orders increase, truck production is expected to swell as well. There’s a 40,000-square-foot extension of the existing facility set to open early this year as well as the 200,000-square-foot expansion that is planned for completion at the end of the year.

The company’s battery unit operates a separate lithium-ion battery assembly facility in a 44,000-square-foot facility a few miles from the truck and bus plant.”

source Trucks

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10 responses to "BYD Begins Expansion Of Electric Bus Factory In California"

  1. SJC says:

    Lancaster can use the good paying jobs and southern California can use the clean air buses.

  2. Ambulator says:

    Can Tesla Semi even compete? BYD may sew up the market by then.

    1. flashrob says:

      TESLA ain’t in the “bus-buildin” biz…

      tesla is using ALL it’s production capabilities IN CARS at Fremont…

      address YOUR QUESTION to GM/FORD other world-wide BIG DIESEL OR GASOLINE GUZZLER…they are THE “ONES” LOSING not only against PURE EV TESLA IN CARS…

      but against FOREIGN PROVIDERS OF “PURE EV BUSES AND TRUCKS!

    2. mx says:

      All electric bus companies will do well for the next 20 years.

  3. realistic says:

    This has been a rough ride, involving LA County and CA state officials, sneaky BYD folk and various labor interests. If you’re interested, start here in 2013 with stories of imported Chinese labor in crappy Lancaster dorms being paid in yuan:

    http://www.scpr.org/blogs/economy/2013/10/31/15104/protesters-call-on-local-transit-agencies-to-cut-t/

    Not throwing rocks here, but BYD just didn’t appreciate that as bad as US-based local corruption may get, you can’t expect the whole world to be like China.

    Anyhow, for US taxpayers who subsidize clean bus buys and certainly LA-area citizens and BYD workers, glad to see it’s all working out now. (I’ve ridden in BYD e-busses in China and thought the experience to be very pleasant.)

  4. terminaltrip421 says:

    awesome =)

    another example of a push into an electrified future that should share goals and benefits with other EVs http://www.nbcnews.com/mach/technology/watch-futuristic-hoverbike-ace-its-test-flight-n724626

  5. ffbj says:

    Cities can save bucks big time with electric buses and with likely reductions of funds to cities, especially those on the dnf black list, the enemies list, they need to save as much money as possible.

    1. realistic says:

      What’s a “dnf black list”?

      1. ffbj says:

        Sorry: (do not fund). The policy of the new administration to withhold funding from sanctuary cities.

    2. mx says:

      The economics have crossed the tipping point.
      Esp. with the Oil Industry predicting higher fuel prices.

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