Chinese Electric Buses Coming
BYD, the world’s largest manufacturer of rechargeable batteries, has announced that the city of Campinas, in the São Paulo region of Brazil, has been selected as the home for the company’s newest factory. It is the company’s first South American manufacturing facility. BYD, whose slogan is “Build Your Dreams”, is based in Shenzhen, China, and builds battery technology and electric vehicles.
“In the first year of operation, starting in 2015, the plant will have a maximum production capacity of 1,000 electric buses as well as all of their batteries,” said BYD Brazil’s General Manager Tyler Li. “This is the first stage of manufacturing expansion.” The factory will create 450 new jobs.
“BYD chose Campinas because of this city’s spirit of innovation and their goal of building a cleaner society,” explained BYD Founder and Chairman, Wang Chuanfu. “Along with the buses and batteries, our dream is to build solar panels and energy storage systems here to help Brazil achieve its zero emissions goals.”
According to BYD publicity, the facility will launch the manufacturing and assembly of the world’s only long range pure electric transit bus in South America, as well as the first fire safe and recyclable iron-phosphate battery packs.
In addition to the 32,000 m2 and 20,000 m2 manufacturing facilities on the factory site, BYD also plans to open a research and development center (R&D) for their Photovoltaic, Smart-Grid, and LED Lighting businesses in the second phase of site development.
“In February of this year, we visited BYD in China and observed cutting-edge technology and the quality of their products,” said President of Invest São Paulo, Luciano Almeida. “The arrival of BYD in our state strengthens the role of São Paulo to be at the forefront of new technologies.”
[This article was published on the website of Industry Week and edited by CIE.]