Photo: Supervisor Antonovich joined BYD Ltd. CEO Stella Li, Lancaster Mayor R. Rex Parris, local leaders, and BYD employees to unveil the nation’s first, all-electric, long-range Rapid Transit Buses.
Supervisor Antonovich joined business leaders and community members to celebrate the delivery of BYD Ltd.’s all-electric, 155 mile-range Rapid Transit Bus at its factory in Lancaster. Supervisor Antonovich applauded partners in business and government who worked together to bring the factory to the Antelope Valley.
“Just as the pioneers of the Antelope Valley had a dream when they settled here, Mr. Wang Chuanfu had a dream when he founded BYD to be the world’s leading manufacturer of electric-powered transportation,” said Supervisor Antonovich. “Creating over 60 American jobs, growing the local economy, and providing zero-emission transit, this vital partnership shows how business-friendly efforts and public-private partnerships can attract and retain businesses to improve the quality of life. BYD plans to increase its employees to 100 by the end of 2014, and 200 employees by the end of 2015.”
Supervisor Antonovich and his wife Christine first met BYD when he spoke at the World Economic Forum in China in 2008 — initiating the partnership that led to the development of BYD’s operations in Los Angeles County. Since then, BYD has become the first Chinese vehicle manufacturer to open a factory in the U.S. and has pre-orders and demonstration projects for its buses with several agencies including the Los Angeles County MTA, the City of Los Angeles Department of Transportation, Los Angeles International Airport, the New York City MTA, Ottawa, Canada, and Stanford University. Additionally, state-of-the-art charging stations will be installed September 24th at Lancaster City Park and the Palmdale Transportation Center.