PHOTO CAPTION: Warren Buffett inspects BYD k9 electric bus in China.

BYD Plans to Build Electric Buses in California

Plan calls for building 100 k9 electric buses in 2014 and 500 in 2015.

Published: 18-Dec-2012

Plans call for a California plant that will build up to 100 vehicles in 2014, 500 in '15

The Chinese battery and electric vehicle producer BYD Co Ltd will establish its first wholly owned manufacturing plant overseas in 2013, going to the United States to produce electric buses, a company executive has said.

The factory will be in California, in an exact location to be announced in March or April, Xinhua News Agency cited Li Ke, BYD senior vice-president, as saying.


BYD e6 electric tax. Photo credit: Rani Bongiovanni

BYD sold a total of 309 E6 cars to taxi-fleet operators and individual motorists in the first 11 months of last year


First pure electric city bus to be deployed in Espoo city, outside of Helsinki.

BYD e6 electric crossover is already available for rental from Hertz in Shenzhen, China, BYD's home city.

The New York Times reports that the BYD e6 could enter Hertz’s NYC fleet by the end of this year.


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