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BYD Brings Sustainable Transportation to Florida


BYD Brings Sustainable Transportation to Florida

The City of Ocala, Florida represents the first in the state to add Build Your Dreams-branded innovative trucking solutions to its fleet.

The Ocala City Council confirmed the approval of five Class 8 battery-electric refuse trucks to replace the currently used internal combustion-powered trucks. The addition of the trucks will begin through the pre-approved 2021 three “quiet, clean-electric” refuse trucks with the addition of two more trucks to follow in 2022.

“The community of Ocala has taken a leadership role in Florida with the purchase of these BYD electric trucks,” said John Gerra, Sr. GerrDirector of Business Development with BYD Motors.

Officials confirmed these will bring an estimated fuel cost savings of nearly 78 percent. The refuse trucks offer impressive maintenance cost savings as well, with officials stating upwards of 75 percent expected in savings. The addition of the refuse trucks equals a total life cycle savings of approximately $270,000 and a return on the taxpayers’ investment in under 5 years for the City of Ocala. BYD confirmed union labor in the U.S. will be responsible for assembly.

“All BYD trucks are purpose-built and utilize our proprietary safe battery technology that exceeds the requirements for some of the most rigorous safety-testing programs around the world,” Gerra concluded.

Build Your Dreams (BYD) is an LA-based innovative manufacturing company that boasts the title of the largest manufacturer of electric vehicles globally in addition to pioneering battery-electric transportation solutions across the globe. Known for being the “Official sponsor for Mother Nature,” the company is also heavily involved in sustainable development, workforce diversity, and community service.

Bloomberg Recognizes Global Green Transport Company BYD in 2019 GEI

Los Angeles battery technology and global green transport company, Build Your Dreams, has been formally recognized by Bloomberg for its substantial amount of executive female representation in the 2019 Gender-Equality Index. Companies eligible for the recognition foster a working environment that supplies policies and benefits promoting gender equality. Additionally, the companies included in the index are confirmed to have above average females in executive positions.

“BYD is thrilled to stand alongside such a group of progressive, world-renowned companies who stand at the forefront of gender equality. Just as BYD is committed to leading the ongoing global green transport revolution, we are also working hard to create more inclusive, equitable workplaces across our company,” said Stella Li, President of BYD Motors/North America. “We feel inspired and energized from receiving such high-level recognition for our efforts, and will endeavor to continue the great progress represented in this index.”

Bloomberg’s report highlighted over 230 firms from 10 sectors across 36 countries and regions – more than double the amount of companies seen in previous reports.

“We applaud BYD and the other 229 firms tracked by the index for their action to measure gender equality through the Bloomberg GEI framework,” said Peter T. Grauer, Chairman of Bloomberg and Founding Chairman of the U.S. 30% Club. “Greater transparency around workplace inclusion helps firms demonstrate accountability to their employees, investors and communities. GEI Inclusion is a strong indicator that it is leading by example to advance ongoing efforts for a truly inclusive workplace.”

Source: BYD