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Long Beach Selects BYD for 10 All-Electric Transit Buses

Chinese company beats out South Carolina-based Proterra for $12.1 million electric bus order.

Published: 14-Mar-2013

The seven-member Long Beach Transit Board of Directors may have some explaining to do if it sticks with a staff recommendation to pick a Chinese firm over a U.S. company for the purchase of 10 zero emission all-electric buses.

The board has scheduled a study session at 2:30 p.m. today to review a little noticed decision it made last month to spend $12.1 million with the firm BYD Motors, which is the U.S. subsidiary of China-based BYD Company Ltd. The funding for the buses was secured from the Federal Transit Administration’s Transit Investments for Greenhouse Gas and Energy Reduction Program.

BYD beat out South Carolina-based Proterra, which just added San Antonio to its list of cities using its buses. Other cities are Stockton, Pomona, Reno, Tallahassee, Worcester in Massachusetts and Seneca in South Carolina. BYD, according to a LBT staff report, has delivered 702 buses, but only six in the U.S. Proterra has delivered 10 buses out of 24 ordered.

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