China’s BYD plans to build an electric-bus assembly plant in the U.S.


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BYD, China’s electric-vehicle manufacturer is in the center of attention in 2008 when investor Warren Buffett bought a 10 percent stake in BYD for$230 million and now he is hoping to bring its battery-powered cars to the U.S and to do that BYD plans to build an electric-bus assembly plant in the U.S.

About the location of the assembly plant Micheal Austin, vice president of BYD America said to WardsAuto “Clearly, there are a lot sensitive negotiations that must go on before any of that happens,”

BYD’s first all-electric bus series is named the K9 in its home market of China. It measures 12,000mm (472.4 inches) long, 2,550mm (100.4 inches) wide and 3,200mm (126 inches) tall, and features 27 regular passenger seats (excluding the driver) and four foldable seats.

The bus has a single-charge drive range of up to 155 miles (249 km) on urban streets and close to 190 miles (306 km) under optimal highway conditions. Top speed is about 27 mph (43 km/h).

The expected price tag of between $550,000 and $600,000. It takes six hours to be fully charged using a standard electrical outlet or three hours with a fast-charging unit.

BYD wanted to before begin selling its all-electric e6 crossover in the U.S. in 2010 but has since constantly delayed its launch due to a variety of issues ranging from the late opening of its regional headquarters in Los Angeles to the lack of infrastructure for electric cars in the country but all the issues now can be passed and as Austin says, “BYD is very excited to participate more fully in the U.S. markets.”

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