BYD Expands U.S. Factory To Handle Electric Trucks

4 months ago by Mark Kane 18

BYD Lancaster Bus Factory

BYD Lancaster Bus Factory

BYD is expanding its Californian manufacturing plant in Lancaster, which is located 70 miles north of Los Angeles. The facility is currently used to assembly all-electric buses and coaches, but soon will also produce medium and heavy-duty trucks.

BYD K9 40ft battery-electric transit bus

BYD K9 40ft battery-electric transit bus

The company reports that the first orders for the electric trucks have already been placed and now work is commencing to build out those orders.

The new plant expansion is actually the second phase, of three-phase plan, for the site, and will be completed in 2017.

BYD intends to triple its workforce at the plant (currently at 400) over the next three years.

“The people who work at BYD’s Lancaster plant are assembling buses for transit systems all over the country and soon we’ll be able to increase production line capacity to deliver these cutting-edge zero emission vehicles even faster to customers,” Stella Li, BYD America president, said in a statement.

The second phase is set to add at least 40,000 additional square feet to the existing facility and is scheduled to finish in 2017, BYD said. A third phase bringing the plant up to full size and capacity will follow.”

source: Automotive News

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20 responses to "BYD Expands U.S. Factory To Handle Electric Trucks"

  1. jimijack says:

    A Great Touring Bus!…

  2. Ambulator says:

    I didn’t know that BYD was in the truck business at all. If people have already ordered them they must have the specifications available, so why don’t you have them?

    1. georgeS says:

      Here’s the truck line. They even have class 8 trucks:
      http://www.byd.com/usa/truck/#models

      1. Ambulator says:

        Thank you.

        I see 92 to 155 miles range. I wouldn’t throw around terms like ‘long range’ as much as they do, but they sound useful.

        Good job, BYD.

        1. super390 says:

          If you check the brochure for the Class 5 truck at that link you will find they are claiming a retained 80% of range after 5000 charging cycles. Now, is that a full recharge after 155 miles each time?

          Since BYD is not a vaporware company but the world’s biggest manufacturer of electric vehicles, these batteries look to be important. What is their cost/kwh? Their energy density?

    2. Yogurt says:

      BYD makes numerous big trucks including street sweepers and vans and forklifts but I dont think they have pickup trucs…
      On a BYD side note they think they can become a fortune 500 company within several years…
      BYD also started selling monorails for intercity transportation in China…

      Hopefuly BYD will bring there electric cars not counting their taxi to the rest of the world in a couple more years since waiting for legacy auto companies to go all in is about like watching paint dry…

    3. SJC says:

      The trucks can be used at ports to get freight to local warehouses.

  3. georgeS says:

    Pretty interesting. I’m not a big fan of iron phosphate batteries but anybattery is better than none.

    Can’t wait to see what Tesla can come up with. If they can put in some better batteries than BYD and build out a class 8 truck supercharging network that would be fantastic!!

  4. Future Bolt Owner says:

    I read that Wal-Mart uses electric trucks to transport merchandise to stores.

  5. Stephen Hodges says:

    What happened to the Tesla trucks…. they have gone very quiet.

  6. Loboc says:

    I saw a Frito-Lay electric delivery truck several months ago. Couldn’t catch up with them to talk to the driver.

    1. Kevin C says:

      Hi Loboc,

      What city was that?

    2. Yogurt says:

      It was probably a Smith electric truck…
      http://www.smithelectric.com/

    3. Big Solar says:

      i saw one of those in Orlando

    4. Pushmi-Pullyu says:

      Last time I heard, Smith Electric had suspended production due to lack of demand. 🙁

      I have no doubt that Wal*Mart, just like UPS and FedEX, has deployed a small number of EV delivery trucks on a test basis. But they haven’t moved to replace a large part of their fleet with PEVs. I keep hoping, but I think it’s still too soon.

      I think the cost of batteries is still too high and/or the expected lifetime still too short. Keep in mind that the typical delivery truck is going to be driven a lot more hours per day than the typical passenger car, and thus will need to replace the battery pack much sooner. Thus the fleet owner has to consider not just the purchase cost of the vehicle, but also the amortized replacement cost for battery packs over the expected lifetime of the truck.

      1. marcel_g says:

        The cycling longevity is the advantage of the iron phosphate batteries isn’t it? BYD’s brochure claims 80% capacity after 5000 daily cycles/14 years.

        That seems like a long time to me, and even if the vehicles need replacing at that point, they may have paid for themselves with fuel savings by then. As well, if a fleet needs to replace the batteries after that long, they might be able to factor in that batteries will be (much) cheaper by then.

      2. Yogurt says:

        They did suspend production but they are back with Chinese investors unless they went under again…

      3. Nero says:

        C&C taxis in Cornwall, UK, having Leaf with more than 150k miles on the clock and it didn’t even loose one capacity bar yet, at 95% if I remember well, charged daily on Chademo (having 2 DBT units on site). 3rd set of tyres, 3rd set of brake pads, nothing else but washer liquid

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