The new 40-foot buses can hold a charge for 24 hours and run for 155 miles. BYD currently employs 61 people with plans to reach 200 workers by 2015. The Los Angeles Metropolitan Authority (Metro) has agreed to purchase up to 25 all-electric buses as part of a $30 million clean air bus technology pilot project.
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Here are some of the key points raised during the event:
“I’m glad to hear that this republican village is the renewable energy capital of America. It’s not about partisan politics. The renewable energy Assembly Bill (AB) 32 was signed by a republican governor. The clean air act was signed by a republican president. It's [political party] not important, what’s important is invention, science, imagination, and collaboration. I hope to come back in a few years, when hundreds or maybe thousands of buses are rolling off the line.”
–Jerry Brown, Governor of California
“Welcome to the alternative energy capital of the world. We say that with a great deal of pride. We’re going to be the first net-zero city in the world, and I think it’s fitting that the first net-zero bus is going to be built here.” -Rex Parris, Mayor of Lancaster
“There is no other company in America that has a 24 hour battery that doesn’t need to be recharged until night when the electrical rates are low. We are the best technology, and that is the end and the beginning of why BYD will be successful in America.” –Lanny Davis, Attorney for BYD and former White House Special Counsel
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