STATEMENT FROM BYD
Statement by BYD President Stella Li
May 20, 2018
“BYD’s (Build Your Dreams) mission is to change the world through technological innovation that reduces greenhouse gasses and our dependency on fossil fuels. As the largest producer of electric vehicles in the world, with thousands of buses in continuous operation, we stand behind our products.
As with any groundbreaking technology, issues do arise in manufacturing and performance and BYD aggressively responds and manages these issues, working with our customers and stakeholders.
It is undeniable that the future of public transit incorporates electric buses. BYD has already invested $250 million in its U.S. operations.
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.
BYD opened our North American headquarters in Los Angeles in 2011 with the mission of bringing clean transportation to cities across the country. Since that time, we have sold more than 700 battery-electric buses and trucks to customers in the U.S. and Canada, more than any other manufacturer.
Our massive and cutting-edge manufacturing facility in Northern Los Angeles County employs more than 800 workers, many in highly skilled, good paying union jobs.
BYD has won more than a dozen awards and honors from environmental advocates, government agencies and major media outlets, including Fortune Magazine, for our pioneering efforts to fundamentally change the world.
Our product performance speaks for itself: our customers continue to order and re-order BYD buses. In fact, we have over 35,000 buses deployed around the globe—and more are on the way.”
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BYD is the world’s largest manufacturer of electric vehicles and the overwhelming global leader in battery-electric buses with over 35,000 buses in service across North America, South America, Asia and Europe. BYD is also an industry leader in several other high-tech sectors, including high-efficiency automobiles, medium- and heavy-duty trucks, electric forklifts, SkyRail, energy storage and solar power generation. BYD is also one of the world’s largest manufacturers of rechargeable batteries. BYD is a publicly traded company with 60% of its stocks owned by U.S. investors. Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway is the largest single shareholder at 9.9%.
BYD’s AWARDS (PARTIAL LIST):
2018 – Most Innovative Companies in Energy – Fast Company (5th time on Fast Company list)
2017 – Innovative Clean Air Technology Award – South Coast Air Quality Management District
2017 – California Air Quality Award – Coalition for Clean Air
2017 – Change the World list – Fortune Magazine
2017 – Innovative Solutions Award – Metro
2017 – Corporation of the Year – Asian Business League of Southern California
2016 – Outstanding business award – China Enterprise Council, Los Angeles Chapter
2015 – Community Award – American-Chinese CEO Society
2013 – “Thanks for Building our Dream” – Los Angeles County Economic Development Council