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