BYD To Open Electric Truck Assembly Plant In Canada

2 days ago by Mark Kane 12

A BYD electric truck at the 2017 Advanced Clean Transportation Expo

BYD says thanks to significant growth from both municipalities and businesses for its electric trucks in Canada, it will open an assembly plant in the province of Ontario.

BYD Electric Garbage Truck

The facility will launch with roughly 40 employees in 2018.

Initially parts would be supplied from China, but in the future, more and more of the content would be supplied locally.

“BYD is a global company, but we like to localize. It doesn’t make sense to build everything in China and then ship it. It makes more sense to utilize the incentive programs and policy changes and create jobs in different markets.”

According to BYD spokesman Ted Dowling, Ontario offers good tax incentives for electric vehicles, and is a more welcoming environment than the U.S., with “less of a barrier to entry when it comes to having Chinese products in Canada compared to the U.S.

Electric trucks are well suitable for the Toronto region, because there is many distribution centers in close proximity.  The Greater Toronto Area is home to just over 6.5 million people.

The official announcement is expected within few weeks.

BYD’s original North American plant in Lancaster, California, followed a similar model to the new Ontario facility.  Initially, BYD began in 2013 with 100 employees, and has now added local production while expanding to around 700. workers.

source: Bloomberg

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12 responses to "BYD To Open Electric Truck Assembly Plant In Canada"

  1. ffbj says:

    Garbage trucks are a ripe area for the ev fleet to expand into. Most would refuse to see things otherwise, in that any other solution would be trash.

    1. John says:

      Rubbish…

  2. L'amata says:

    I wish they would build some Long Range EV cars here too. There is a Canadian Demand for Reasonably Priced Mid Sized Ev’s..

  3. Ford Prefect says:

    I think there is a vacant former bus manufacturing plant available in Missassaugua!

    1. Paul Smith says:

      There’s also one in Mississauga.

  4. G2 says:

    So many municipal vehicles can be replaced with EVs and the low O&M also helps the municipal bottom line.

  5. Pushmi-Pullyu says:

    Go BYD!

    Altho with only 40 employees, my guess is this will just be a “final assembly” factory, of the sort auto makers use to avoid or reduce tariffs and import fees in the country to which the vehicle is exported.

    1. F150 Brian says:

      Pu-Pu, read the article:

      Initially parts would be supplied from China, but in the future, more and more of the content would be supplied locally.

      Start small, build a network. There are lots of automotive parts suppliers in Ontario.

      Hey BYD, how about a pickup truck? They are built in Ontario too!

      1. Pushmi-Pullyu says:

        I’m going to stand by my comment, thanks; and yes, I did actually RTFA before commenting.

        40 employees does not suggest a full assembly line for a large truck… or even a small one. Yes, in the future they may have more local supply for parts; and in the future, they may have a full assembly line with hundreds or thousands of workers, too.

  6. Ambulator says:

    Kind of sad that the USA is noted as being less welcoming to foreign businesses than Canada. From the comments on various articles, though, I’ve little doubt it’s true.

    1. Pushmi-Pullyu says:

      Hmmm, that’s not how I read it. The exact quote:

      “…less of a barrier to entry when it comes to having Chinese products in Canada compared to the U.S.”

      The barrier is to Chinese products, not Chinese companies. I think what the spokesman was talking about is that the U.S. has more stringent safety standards for street-legal vehicles than, say, Europe… and I think Canada uses something closer to European standards than U.S. standards.

      Just my interpretation, though; you could be right.

      1. Breezy says:

        “the US has more stringent safety standards for street-legal vehicles than, say, Europe… and I think Canada uses something closer to European standards than U.S. standards.”

        No, we’re almost entirely aligned with the US. The CMVSS are almost word-for-word from the FMVSS.

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