Will BYD Produce Thousands Of Electric Buses Per Year In Chengde, China?

NOV 16 2014 BY MARK KANE 3

BYD's Electric Bus and Battery Assembly Plant in Sao Paulo Brazil near the City of Campinas opening in 2015

BYD’s Electric Bus and Battery Assembly Plant in Sao Paulo Brazil near the City of Campinas opening in 2015

BYD hasĀ sold almost 700 electric buses this year in China.

The Chinese manufacturer recently signed an agreement with the government of Hebei Province to build two plants in Chengde – one for electric buses and one for parts (like motors and batteries), for more than $320 million.

According to some sources, bus assembly lines will have annual capacity of 5,000 vehicles.

This is a lot of capacity, but we are not sure if there is really that much demand yet in China.

BYD didn’t released more details, nor did it provide a date for new investment or opening of the facilities.

Source: China Automotive News (subscription required)

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3 Comments on "Will BYD Produce Thousands Of Electric Buses Per Year In Chengde, China?"

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GeorgeS
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I have a tendency to think a little less range and more charging stations might be more cost effective.

but if BYD can make it happen then more power to them.

They are using more of a Tesla philosophy in their design,

Phr3d
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agreed, GeorgeS.. First, ya gotta convince the stodgy owner/buyer/bureaucrat that the vehicle Won’t wind up stranded somewhere, Ever.

No amount of “x-%-charge with Every required driver break” will convince the uninitiated.

“If you Don’t carry 1000 gallons of fuel for a 50 mile trip, you get better gas mileage, right?”

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This is where the Chinese are really going to surpass the Americans/Europeans with a large scale movement to electrification of public transportation via busses.