Chinese automaker BYD unveiled a major expansion at its Lancaster, Calif. factory on Friday to produce more electric buses amid increasing orders.
Electric buses, trucks and other medium- and heavy-duty vehicles face hurdles but are gaining traction.
The first of 27 electric trucks to be deployed in Southern California under a $19.2-million state clean air program has been put into service at a freight depot near Riverside.
China’s BYD has made a splash in the U.S. as a key player in the electric bus market, and now it is making headway with its heavy- and medium-duty electric trucks. The company wants to add all-electric cars to its portfolio as well.
The electric truck market continues to gain momentum. The latest offering is a new battery-electric Class 6 refuse truck from BYD and Wayne Engineering that promises 100 miles of range and annual fuel and maintenance savings.
California continues its drive to clean up trucking emissions with a $9.1 million grant to put 27 new all-electric trucks into service in air quality impacted Southern California.