BYD has unveiled its expanded battery-electric bus manufacturing facility — North America’s largest — with bipartisan support from elected officials including House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Bakersfield); California Senate President Pro Tem Kevin de Leon; Congress members Steve Knight (R-Palmdale) and Nanette Diaz Barragan (D-San Pedro); 2018 California Gubernatorial Candidate and former mayor of Los Angeles Antonio Villaraigosa; California Assemblyman Tom Lackey (R-Lancaster); Los Angeles County Supervisor Kathryn Barger; city of Lancaster Mayor R. Rex Parris and BYD leadership including Chairman and President of BYD Company Limited Wang Chuanfu, President of BYD Motors Inc. Stella Li and Senior Vice President of BYD Motors Inc. Macy Neshati. BYD’s nearly 800 employees in California were also on hand to help commemorate the new expansion for the Coach and Bus factory.
The grand opening celebration commemorated the addition of a new wing to the current BYD Coach and Bus space, bringing the total manufacturing facility to nearly 450,000 square feet. This expansion nearly quadruples BYD’s facility from its initial 2013 footprint.
The growth of BYD Coach and Bus reflects a rapid transition to electric transportation and will allow BYD to build up to 1,500 battery-electric buses annually. Since BYD established its U.S. electric bus manufacturing capabilities in Los Angeles County, the company has created nearly 800 full-time jobs throughout the state. This manufacturing facility expansion will enable BYD to hire up to 1,200 full-time workers at top production-line capacity. This manufacturing facility is powered 100 percent by renewable energy, which is provided by the city of Lancaster’s Energy Company, Lancaster Choice Energy.
BYD Unveils North America’s Largest Electric Bus Factory with Bipartisan Group of Senior Officials, by Byd Motors INC., Mass Transit, October 16, 2017.