(Yicai Global) April 4 -- China's leading electric vehicle maker BYD has rolled out the 300th bus at its Lancaster manufacturing plant in the US state of California, marking a milestone for production.
The 300th bus, a 35-foot BYD K9S model transit bus, is one of three built for the Capital Area Transit System of Baton Rouge, the state capital of Louisiana, the Shenzhen-based firm said in a statement.
"We are very proud of this 300th American bus milestone. We are passionate about our mission to create a cleaner environment here in North America and across the globe," BYD President Stella Li told Xinhua.
In a celebration with its customer Antelope Valley Transit Authority, BYD said that AVTA is closing in on a landmark of its own as it expected to realize 1 million miles of zero emission bus operations in early May.
AVTA has ordered 85 electric buses from BYD, and 25 buses have been delivered up to now, according to the company.
Li called AVTA a model for transit agencies seeking affordable green technology -- especially those in California that need to comply with state regulations requiring zero-emission fleets by 2040.
Lancaster Mayor R. Rex Parris termed the 300th bus as "the tip of the iceberg." He said BYD has created hundreds of well-paying American jobs with more on the horizon as the company expands its product lines of battery electric buses, trucks and forklifts.
"There were some skeptics when BYD chose Lancaster as home to its operations," Parris said. "Now these same skeptics are true believers, as they watch this world-class company continue to literally change the world for the better."
Since delivery of its first US battery-electric bus in 2014, BYD has provided buses for customers in 13 states and four Canadian provinces.
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