BYD hon­ored for clean-tech

China Daily (USA) - - ACROSS AMERICA - By LIA ZHU in San Fran­cisco li­azhu@chi­nadai­lyusa.com

BYD Mo­tors, the US arm of the Chi­nese au­tomaker and recharge­able bat­ter­ies firm BYD Co Ltd, has re­ceived a clean-tech award for its con­tri­bu­tion to im­prov­ing the en­vi­ron­ment in Long Beach, Cal­i­for­nia.

Long Beach Tran­sit (LBT), a mu­nic­i­pal tran­sit com­pany, is the award co-hon­oree for the city’s zero-emis­sion elec­tric bus pro­gram. Both com­pa­nies re­ceived the Green Part­ners CleanTech Award on Oct 21 from the Long Beach-Qing­dao Sis­ter City As­so­ci­a­tion (LBQA).

The em­ploy­ment of elec­tric buses by LBT, which serves more than 28.6 mil­lion board­ing cus­tomers, is ex­pected to re­duce thou­sands of pounds of car­bon diox­ide every day.

“BYD is very proud to ac­cept this award — but we’re even more proud to have our buses on the streets of Long Beach,”

Ken­neth McDon­ald, CEO, Long Beach Tran­sit

said Stella Li, pres­i­dent of BYD Mo­tors.

“Bring­ing jobs to South­ern Cal­i­for­nia while mak­ing the air cleaner is one of the ul­ti­mate win-win sit­u­a­tions, and I thank LBQA for this new tra­di­tion of hon­or­ing part­ner­ships that pro­tect the en­vi­ron­ment and grow the econ­omy,” she added.

LBQA’s CleanTech Award was es­tab­lished this year to rec­og­nize the grow­ing num­ber of part­ner­ships be­tween the US and Chi­nese com­pa­nies that are de­vel­op­ing new en­vi­ron­men­tal so­lu­tions to ben­e­fit the peo­ple of both coun­tries.

In April 2015, LBT agreed to pur­chase 60 elec­tric buses from the Los An­ge­les-based BYD Mo­tors. It was the largest ever elec­tric bus pur­chase in the US, ac­cord­ing to BYD.

Un­der the agree­ment, BYD will bring elec­tric buses to the city of Long Beach and the 12 other cities the tran­sit agency serves. The pro­gram in­cludes 10 bat­tery elec­tric buses (and the op­tion to buy 14 more).

The first batch of 10 buses and a wire­less charg­ing sys­tem for op­por­tu­nity charg­ing en route have been de­liv­ered.

LBT of­fi­cials ex­pect to have the 10 bat­tery elec­tric buses in ser­vice by the end of next month and in­tend to have the Pass­port Route — a loop run­ning from Down­town Long Beach to wa­ter­front at­trac­tions such as the Aquar­ium of the Pa­cific and The Queen Mary — 100 per­cent bat­tery op­er­ated.

“Long Beach Tran­sit is proud to pro­vide in­no­va­tive pub­lic trans­porta­tion with our new bat­tery elec­tric bus pro­gram,” said Ken­neth McDon­ald, pres­i­dent and CEO of Long Beach Tran­sit. “The buses will ben­e­fit our cus­tomers and all the com­mu­ni­ties we serve by re­duc­ing LBT’s daily car­bon emis­sions by thou­sands of pounds of car­bon diox­ide, and by less­en­ing noise pol­lu­tion.”

Be­sides the LBT’s or­der, BYD Mo­tors has some 250 bat­tery elec­tric buses on or­der for US tran­sit providers. All the ve­hi­cles will be as­sem­bled at its fa­cil­ity in Lan­caster, Cal­i­for­nia.

In Septem­ber, the com­pany an­nounced that it would ex­pand the Lan­caster plant, tripling the size, em­ploy­ment and pro­duc­tion ca­pa­bil­ity over the next three years.

The buses will ben­e­fit our cus­tomers and all the com­mu­ni­ties we serve.”

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Stella Li (left), pres­i­dent of BYD Mo­tors, David Grif­fith (cen­ter), chair­man of the Long Beach-Qing­dao As­so­ci­a­tion, and Ken­neth McDon­ald, pres­i­dent and CEO of Long Beach Tran­sit, at the LBQA GreenTech Awards Lun­cheon, on fri­day.

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