The Los Angeles Sustainability Coalition (LASC) has presented BYD, one of the world’s largest electric vehicle companies specializing in battery technology, with its 2016 Electric Bus of the Year Award.
According to the LASC, this award reflects BYD’s growth both in the Los Angeles area and nationally, now employing hundreds of Californians at its factory in Lancaster and supplying buses to transit agencies around the country.
BYD says it offers several different all-electric, zero-emission buses designed to meet the needs of different transit agencies – seven different models in the U.S. market, including four different sizes of transit buses and three different coach bus options.
The iron phosphate battery, also manufactured by BYD, is fire-safe, completely recyclable and long-lasting, allowing BYD to offer a 12-year warranty to its customers.
Sherman Gay, event chairman of the LASC Transportation on the Move series, added, “BYD buses are making a major contribution to the alleviation of air pollution throughout Los Angeles County at the same time that they’re creating jobs. We look forward to seeing what they do next.”
BYD recently announced a major expansion of its facility in Lancaster, working toward a goal of tripling employment within three years.