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BYD to expand electric vehicles factory in California

Staff Writer | September 19, 2016
Chinese carmaker BYD will expand its electric vehicle plant in the U.S. city of Lancaster in southern California, tripling the size of its facility, employment and production capability in next three years.
Auto industry   Lancaster boasts more than 350 days of sunshine per year
Stella Li, president of BYD America, said at a groundbreaking ceremony that the world's largest manufacturer of electric vehicles would continue to invest in Lancaster and provide more development opportunities for local residents.

BYD, which stands for "Build Your Dreams", is also the world's largest manufacturer of rechargeable batteries. Based on its fire-safe, fully recyclable and long cycle battery technology, the company has expanded into other businesses, including automobiles, buses, trucks, utility vehicles and energy storage facilities.

"We are proud to produce efficient, reliable electric trucks and buses in Califonia that help boost the local economy with well-paid manufacturing and engineering jobs," Li said, after recalling why the company had decided to set up the factory in the city of Lancaster, a community of more than 156,000 inhabitants since 2013.

Lancaster boasts more than 350 days of sunshine per year, making it the ideal place to pioneer new solar energy technologies.

Li also emphasized the support that local government and skilful American engineers had given the company.