AVTA Executive Director Julie Austin in front of the new BYD bus

AVTA Executive Director Julie Austin in front of the new BYD bus

On April 28, BYD Motors held a memorable event in Lancaster, California, where the Chinese manufacturer unveiled the first California-made, all-electric, long-range (up to 155 miles), 40-foot rapid transit bus.

State of California Governor Jerry Brown visited BYD Motors' new facility with more than 60 new jobs. This number should increase to 100 by year's end and to 200 by the end of 2015.

The first two electric buses will go to Antelope Valley Transit, which now for several weeks will be testing them before paying customers get a chance to ride.

City of Lancaster Mayor R. Rex Parris stated:

“The City of Lancaster strongly believes in the importance of building solid private-public partnerships, such as our ongoing relationship with BYD. Together, we were recognized internationally for our innovative solar programs at the 2012 World Energy Globe Awards. BYD continues to bring much-needed manufacturing jobs to our community, having already brought more than 60 new jobs to our region. We look forward to their continued growth, and the resulting economic prosperity they bring to the Antelope Valley and the State of California.”

CEO of BYD Motors, Stella Li remarked:

“This event is truly historic with the unveiling of the first California-made, all-electric, long-range, 40-foot rapid transit buses lasting up to 24 hours on a single charge. BYD has a long and solid commitment to provide zero-emission, superior technology transportation vehicles in the United States. We are starting out here in Lancaster, California, with the goal of providing clean energy electric buses, throughout the United States creating even more jobs for Americans. BYD is proud to deliver this breakthrough environmentally friendly technology to California.”

California Governor Jerry Brown attended the event and stated:

“This is a small beginning – a few buses – but it holds the promise of something very big and very important.”