BYD Motors, a U.S. subsidiary of Chinese automaker BYD Company Ltd., tackle the first difficulties in the US for the spread of electric car
During an interview with Xinhua, Stella Li, president of BYD Motors, a U.S. subsidiary of China’s automaker BYD Company Ltd., said: “BYD’s mission is to change the world through technological innovation that reduces greenhouse gases and our dependency on fossil fuels”.
BYD (Build Your Dreams) Auto Co., is a Chinese automobile manufacturer based in Xi’an, Shaanxi Province, and its principal activity is the design, development, manufacture and distribution of automobiles, buses, forklifts, rechargeable batteries and trucks sold under the BYD brand.
Li’s memo stems from a recent article in the Los Angeles Times, which noted that the city of Los Angeles had serious problems with BYD’s electric buses, and how the company failed to meet expectations.
Li’s commitment is to beat the fossil fuel industry
CleanTechnica, the No.1 cleantech-focused website in the United States, said: “The LA Times article was received well by undercover CNG (Compressed Natural Gas) advocates masquerading as advocates for clean air”
Therefore, there seems to be a sort of war taking place between the supporters of natural gas and the supporters of electricity. Todd Campbell, chairman of the Board of Directors at California Natural Gas Vehicle Coalition, shared the Times story on Twitter and wrote: “Talk about #WrongWayLA! We need to stop spending precious resources on buses that don’t run.”
But it was foreseeable that there could be problems in the transition from gas buses to electric buses
Abas Goodarzi, president and CEO of U.S. Hybrid Corporation, said in a statement: “As in any new industry, there will be growing pains, for operators just as much as manufacturers. BYD has demonstrated an unwavering commitment to their customers, delivering a sustainable and Zero Emission product that has the potential to change the world”.
The goal of Los Angeles is to have an all-electric fleet by 2030 and Bloomberg New Energy Finance estimates that 84 percent of all new buses sold in 2030 will be electric.
“We continue to grow as daily technological breakthroughs make our buses able to handle all kinds of challenging routes. The day is rapidly approaching, in fact, when electric vehicles will handle the majority of bus routes,” said Li.
Fast Company, who named BYD as one of the world’s most innovative companies in Energy in 2018, said that: “The biggest electric vehicle manufacturer in the world isn’t Tesla, but the Chinese company BYD”.
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