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BYD Kicks-Off 2020 with 100th U.S. Truck Delivery

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BYD Kicks-Off 2020 with 100th U.S. Truck Delivery

Adding to its global delivery milestone of more than 12,000 truck deliveries, battery-electric manufacturer Build Your Dreams announced the official 100th U.S. based delivery of its battery-electric truck fleet. The second-generation BYD 8TT Class 8 Electric Semi will support operations for Anheuser-Busch’s Oakland-based distribution center.

“This is a great milestone for BYD, and it is just the beginning,” said Aaron Gillmore, BYD’s Vice President of Truck Business. “Our trucks are hard at work every day proving that electric is the new standard. 2020 will be a fantastic year for battery-electric trucks.”

The new truck’s primary focus will be delivering the brand’s beverages to grocery and retail stores specifically in the San Francisco Bay region. This fleet addition supports Anheuser Busch’s pledge to reduce carbon emissions by 25 percent by 2025 as part of its U.S. Sustainability Goals, pushing the company one step closer to attaining that goal and reducing harmful emissions in the meantime. Four additional Anheuser-Busch distribution center facilities in the Southern California region including Sylmar, Riverside, Pomona, and Carson represent 21 additional BYD electric trucks as part of the partnership with BYD.

“We are proud to continue to build on our commitment to sustainable logistics through our partnership with BYD in California,” said Joaquin Schlottmann, Vice President of Tier 2 Logistics at Anheuser-Busch. “By integrating zero-emission vehicles into our distribution fleet, we are taking another step towards reaching our sustainability goals and helping ensure our beers are delivered in the most sustainable way possible.”

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Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport Goes Green

Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport announced the addition of two green technology, battery-electric K9M 40-foot buses to further support its terminal-to-terminal shuttle service, between international and domestic terminals, and from
the international terminal to the Rental Car Center. The buses carry up to 22 passengers compared to the 14 passenger-capacity seen with previous buses.

The Atlanta airport joins Kansas City International Airport and Los Angeles World Airports as the only three airports in the United States to add the all-electric BYD buses into their fleet. This announcement comes shortly after the Los Angeles World Airports confirmed its recent 20-bus order.

“We applaud Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport and its bold objective of becoming the world’s greenest airport,” said BYD North America Vice President Patrick Duan. “With their defined routes, airport shuttles are a natural next step for transportation electrification. BYD is proud to be part of this greening of ATL.”

The Build Your Dreams (BYD) zero-emission buses represent further action towards the GreeningATL program. Current efforts towards the GreeningATL program include electric fleet options, adding electric vehicle charging stations, and the recent  USGBC’s LEED for Communities Certification due to water efficiency initiatives for the airport’s terminals.

The buses also provide increased passenger and luggage capacity compared to previous buses in addition to eliminating an estimated 10 tons of nitrogen oxides and 350 pounds of diesel particulates. In about two hours, the K9M buses are fully charged and offer a range of 150 miles.

BYD is known for challenging sustainable and innovative technology options in transportation for cars, buses, trucks, forklifts, and rail
systems and its zero-emission buses boast exceeding the Federal Transit Administration “Buy America” requirements.

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BYD’s Lancaster Plant Celebrates 400th Bus

Los Angeles World Airports welcomed its 20-bus order this week of which included the official 400th bus made by the Lancaster team at the world’s leading electric vehicle company, Build Your Dreams. The 60-foot articulated K11M model transit bus will aid in terminal and gate guest transportation.

“The 400th American bus is another great milestone for our Lancaster team,” said BYD North America President Stella Li. “Since the delivery of our first American battery-electric bus from Lancaster in 2014, BYD has provided buses to customers in 14 states and four Canadian provinces.”

In the theme of emissions-free and environmentally friendly efforts, BYD is proud to represent the largest North American battery-electric bus manufacturer. The company boasts 50 municipal, transit agency, university, airport, federal, and other commercial/private-sector bus customers. Among these customers includes the Los Angeles Department of Transportation, Antelope Valley Transit Authority, Denver RTD, Kansas City International Airport, and Solano County Transit.

BYD’s Lancaster team operates a half a million-square-foot manufacturing plant which originated as a 100,000 square foot motorhome manufacturing facility. The more than 750 employees for BYD North America represent expansion and growth seen by the company throughout the last six years, of which $250 million was invested. BYD Lancaster employees include women, veterans and second-chance employees in addition to boasting all-union workforce and a pioneering Community Benefits Agreement.

BYD shows no signs of slowing down emissions-free efforts and will continue breaking ground on innovative, sustainable transportation technology solutions.

“We are passionate about our mission to create a cleaner environment here in North America and across the globe.”

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Anheuser-Busch Keeps Beer Deliveries “Green”

Emissions-free beer delivery is another eco-friendly accomplishment announced this week through a collaborative effort between Anheuser-Busch, Nikola Motor Company, and BYD. Bud Light brand beer was onboard the zero-emissions fleet which included a Nikola hydrogen-electric vehicle and an electric BYD vehicle from the Anheuser-Busch brewery to the Enterprise Center in St. Louis.

“At Anheuser-Busch, we are continuously searching for innovative ways to improve sustainability across our entire value chain, progressing towards reaching our sustainability goals and driving our industry forward,” said Ingrid De Ryck, Vice President of Procurement and Sustainability at Anheuser-Busch. “No single company can build a more sustainable future alone but this zero-emission delivery has shown what is possible when we bring together the various strengths and assets within our supplier network to work towards a shared objective of a better world.”

Anheuser-Busch is dedicated to its 2025 Sustainability Goals which includes a 25 percent reduction in reducing carbon emissions by 2025. The company continues to maximize emissions-free efforts through partnership projects, including one with BYD that would add 21 BYD electric trucks as well as a 958.5 kW solar array vehicle charging to four of its SoCal distribution facilities.  Additionally, the company ordered 800 hydrogen-electric powered Nikola semi-trucks last year, adding more value to eco-friendly efforts.

“As the first commercial delivery of freight with our hydrogen-electric truck, this is an exciting time for both Nikola and Anheuser-Busch. This milestone will become an example for all other OEM’s to move away from diesel trucks and towards zero-emission vehicles,” said Trevor Milton, Nikola’s chief executive officer. “We look forward to helping the Anheuser-Busch team achieve their sustainability goals by leveraging Nikola’s zero-emissions technology. We are now preparing production vehicles for Anheuser-Busch and plan on delivering the trucks as fast as possible.”

“Partnering with Anheuser-Busch is a great opportunity to showcase BYD’s performance and reliability with an industry leader,” said Stella Li, President of BYD Motors. “Our dedication to innovation pairs nicely with Anheuser-Busch’s sustainability commitment.”

BYD Spotlights Veterans in Worker Population

Build Your Dreams (BYD) continues setting the bar higher for competing battery-electric vehicle manufacturers, as the company now boasts being the only one representing both a union workforce and agreement dedicated to simplifying and creating opportunities for veterans seeking to enter into the manufacturing sector. The agreement is known as the Community Benefits Agreement and is a joint effort between BYD, SMART Local 65, and Jobs to Move America. The BYD veteran workforce is supported directly from nonprofit Helmets to Hard Hats focusing on assisting military personnel during the civilian transition.

“Our coalition recognizes how difficult it is for many veterans to find good jobs after their service,” said Hector Huezo, JMA’s senior workforce equity coordinator. “That’s why we were excited to team up with BYD and other partners to create a pipeline for veterans
that benefits all of our communities. Together, we’ve been able to help veterans and other disadvantaged workers get good-paying, high-quality jobs that have allowed them to support their families.”

BYD is proud to report that veterans represent support for the company in a variety of departments including factory floor jobs as welding, warehousing, and assembly work to the offices as well as sales, material planning and control, and human resources.

“BYD knows what veterans bring to the table,” said Patrick Duan, Vice President, Operations and SkyRail. “They have leadership skills. They are mission-driven and they work well under pressure. They have the ability to adapt existing skills and learn new ones. We are proud to have veterans as part of our workforce.”

“It’s nice to see hope in everyone’s faces when they see how much opportunity this company has given to not just our workers but our community and vets,” said Army veteran Daniel Moran.

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BYD & Toyota Collaborate for Electric Vehicles

Build Your Dreams (BYD) and Toyota released information this week confirming next steps behind a joint company that would ultimately support battery electric vehicle research and the creation of BEVs and related parts.

The R&D company will comprise of transferred engineers and total needed capital will be shared 50/50 among the two companies. Build Your Dreams and Toyota both have notable accomplishments in supporting an eco-friendly atmosphere, including Toyota’s Prius – the first mass-produced hybrid electric vehicle, and BYD’s manufacturing of energy storage cells and electric vehicles. BYD is responsible for the first mass production of plug-in hybrid electrified vehicles and boasts four consecutive years of first-place sales rankings for its BEVs and PHEVs.

“We aim to combine BYD’s strengths in development and competitiveness in the battery electric vehicle market with Toyota’s quality and safety technology to provide the best BEV products for the market demand and consumer affection as early as we can,” stated BYD senior vice president Lian Yu-bo.

Additional information released confirmed the joint R&D company’s headquarters will be in China beginning in 2020 and ultimately support further efforts for Toyota’s vision of global electrification.

“With the same goal to further promote the widespread use of electrified vehicles, we appreciate that BYD and Toyota can become “teammates,” able to put aside our rivalry and collaborate. We hope to further advance and expand both BYD and Toyota from the efforts of the new company with BYD,” concluded Toyota executive vice president Shigeki Terashi.

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BYD Expands Electric Transportation to Canada

As part of the electric-vehicle company’s efforts to expand its footprint, BYD opened its first Canadian bus assembly plant in Newmarket, Ontario leading efforts in providing electric buses for the Toronto Transit Commission. BYD will supply 10 fully electric buses with the option of an additional 30. The company currently boasts operating or on-order buses for Toronto, Vancouver, Longeuil, St. Albert and Grand Prairie regions.

BYD is a leader in providing emissions-free transportation options through utilizing innovative technology options for cars, buses, trucks, forklifts, and rail systems.

Following the recent announcement pledging climate-considerate transportation options across Canada, Build Your Dreams (BYD) released comments and information surrounding the topic of emissions-free initiatives in the Canadian region.

“We applaud today’s announcement in British Columbia and commend the funders behind this forward-looking initiative. The investment today by the Government of Canada and the Government of British Columbia will support communities and help the environment. It’s this type of climate leadership and investment in zero-emissions public transportation across Canada that led BYD, the world’s largest electric vehicle maker, to open an assembly facility in Canada,” said Bobby Hill, Vice President BYD Coach and Bus.

“This announcement reaffirms the country’s stature as a world leader in reducing harmful emissions and makes us proud of our decision to come here.”

BYD to Fulfill Order for 40 Zero-Emissions Buses

Build Your Dreams (BYD) continues supporting sustainable public transportation options as it prepares to fulfill an order of 40 of its emissions-free buses for the Anaheim Transportation Network. Half of the order consists of BYD’s 40-foot BYD K9M in addition to 30-foot BYD K7M and the 60-foot K11M for service at the Anaheim Resort™.

“We’ve been operating four of BYD’s 40-foot K9Ms on our routes over the past two years, and based on their performance, we are confident in BYD’s quality product and their support of our efforts to electrify our fleet,” ATN Executive Director Diana Kotler said in response to the news. “These new buses will provide ATN a 57 percent zero-emission fleet by 2020.”

The Anaheim Transportation Network (ATN) is a nonprofit
transportation management association with a focus on zero-emissions and sustainable transportation options in the Anaheim Resort regions. The innovative and environmentally-friendly BYD fleet additions bring a quieter, cleaner option for the 9.5 million+ residents, visitors, and employees who rely on the Anaheim Resort Transit each year.

“Residents and visitors to the Anaheim area will enjoy the benefits of a quieter ride, a cleaner environment and the reliability of zero emission buses manufactured by BYD,” Hill said in the release. “We’re proud to help ATN reduce the region’s carbon footprint.”

Source: BYD


Southern California Inherits First All-Electric Refuse Truck for Residential Collection

Build Your Dreams (BYD) makes its mark in Carson, California with the delivery of its 8R Class 8 Automated Side Loader (ASL) to Waste Management Resources, a subsidiary of Waste Resource Technologies, Inc. (“WRT”). The heavy duty truck represents the first electric refuse truck to operate in a residential region in Southern California. Its features include a BYD-built cab, chassis and propulsion system along with an Amrep built ASL body.

“Amrep has earned a reputation for its unsurpassed and personal service, listening to customers and standing by its products,” said Eric Mattson, Amrep vice president and general manager. “Partnering with BYD on this electric truck is further evidence of our being in tune with the market and giving customers what they want and need.”

Waste Resources has already placed an additional order for the 8R Class 8 ASL as well as two of BYD’s 6R Class 6 Electric Refuse Trucks. Beyond the zero-emission benefits provided by BYD’s electric trucks, they provide a cost-effective option as they operate with a lower amount of moving parts than found with carbon burning trucks, simplifying overall maintenance efforts.

“WRT is a forward-thinking company that is embracing zero-emission technology for the benefit of the communities it serves,” said John Gerra, BYD Director of Business Development, Electric Trucks. “And we’re very happy with the great work that Amrep does to help provide our customers with state-of-the-art zero-emission electric trucks.”

“Electric collection trucks are part of our strategy to use clean, green and sustainable technologies for waste collection, processing and conversion. We applaud the City of Carson, California for allowing us the opportunity to roll out these technologically-advanced collection vehicles,” said Tommy Gendal, COO of WRT and Waste Resources.




BYD Opens San Carlos Service Center

Known as “The Official Sponsor of Mother Nature” and the world’s leading electric vehicle company, Build Your Dreams (BYD), announced the opening of its newest North American service center in San Carlos, California last week. The expansion adds to the more than $250 million the company has already invested in the North American region.

With its double-bay and warehouse center equipped facility spanning 15,600 square feet, the new service center will provide added support for customers seeking quick access to parts, services, and maintenance for its buses and trucks which include the 30-foot K7M, the 35-foot K9S, 40-foot K9M transit buses, the 23-foot C6 coach, the 35-foot C8 coach, and BYD’s 45-foot double-deck bus, C10MS.

Transportation agencies in BYD’s customer portfolio that will benefit from the service center include agencies such as Marin Transit, Napa Valley Vine Transit, Solano County’s Soltrans, Fresno County’s Rural Transit Agency, Tri Delta Transit, and Monterey-Salinas Transit.

Other industries involved within the company’s robust customer portfolio include global tech companies and universities in the Bay Area and Central California regions.

“With more than 100 BYD buses operating in the Bay Area, BYD wants to make sure our customers receive quick, expert care,” said Bobby Hill, BYD Vice President, Coach & Bus. “BYD is committed to top-quality customer care.”