Los Angeles area transit officials, in a national telephonic press conference, today praised BYD for its electric bus technology, which they described as “clean, silent, and efficient.”
“We are very excited that our parent company in China has invested in the United States to create a U.S. company and new jobs, bringing exciting green, electric transportation technology to America,” said Stella Li, the CEO of BYD Motors Inc.
BYD, which has administrative offices in Los Angeles and a factory facility in Lancaster, California, today rebutted what its attorney and spokesman, Lanny Davis, called “misinformed and inaccurate” press reports about wages and job creation at the company. Davis stated that BYD paid these five engineers approximately 60 percent above California’s minimum wage and is creating dozens of new California jobs in its work force and among vendors in its first year, with projections for many more in the next several years.
BYD was awarded three contracts in the last year: a contract to supply 10 electric buses to Long Beach, Calif., with options for more; up to 25 electric buses to the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority; and 2 buses to Antelope Valley Transit Authority in Lancaster, Calif.
The company, in which Warren Buffett was an early investor, uses breakthrough technology batteries. The BYD electric bus system, because of on-board chargers, does not require expensive charging stations and related infrastructure that can double the cost of an electric bus system.
BYD’s bus’s electric clean air technology is silent, efficient, and can be used anywhere there is standard AC power. This technology is specially designed to be used by transit authorities without changing the way they operate. The superior longer life and safer Iron-Phosphate BYD battery will last for the entire bus life – making the total cost of ownership less than a conventional air-polluting bus. Once a bus-life is over, and the bus is retired, the BYD-type batteries will be available for re-use for another 20 years, in non-transportation uses such as at home and in electrical utilities.
Among those Los Angeles Area transit and elected officials who participated in Friday’s press conference were:
- The Honorable Mike Antonovich, Los Angeles County Supervisor and LA Metro Board Member, Los Angeles Board of Supervisors member
- The Honorable R. Rex Parris, Mayor of Lancaster, California
- Richard Hunt, General Manager Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority
- Ruben Gonzalez, Vice President for Public Policy and Political Affairs, Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce
- Janice Marsh, I/O Controls (BYD vendor)
Antonovich stated, “These environmentally clean and economic electric buses will benefit the people of Los Angeles.”
Hunt said, “The technology of this BYD bus system is truly break-through, especially the battery, which is long-lasting and safe and is superior to any competitor alternative that I know of.”
Mayor Rex Parris of Lancaster praised BYD for creating “new California high-technology jobs, not only at BYD but among BYD’s many California vendors.” These vendors, Davis wrote in his letter, included American Moving Parts, ZeMarc Corporation, I/O Controls, and Ricon Corporation based in Los Angeles and Transit Information Products, located in Concord, Calif.