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Chinese automaker to build electric buses in the Mojave Desert | CTV News | Autos

California Gov. Jerry Brown walks past a logo of BYD during a visit at the Chinese automaker’s headquarters in China’s southern city Shenzhen,Tuesday, April 16, 2013. (AP Photo/Vincent Yu)


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John Rogers, The Associated Press
Published Wednesday, May 1, 2013 7:31AM EDT
LOS ANGELES — A Chinese company whose mantra is Build Your Dreams plans to build all-electric buses in California’s Mojave Desert.
Lancaster Mayor R. Rex Parris and officials of BYD Automotive scheduled a news conference Wednesday to announce plans to open the first Chinese-owned vehicle manufacturing plant in the United States in the wind-swept high-desert city 60 miles northeast of Los Angeles.
BYD, which opened its North American headquarters in Los Angeles in 2010, says the plant will initially turn out 10 electric buses for the city of Long Beach. It expects the vehicles, with a range of 150 miles between charges, to be delivered next year.
One of the world’s largest manufacturers of rechargeable batteries, BYD got into the automobile business 10 years ago. It has been looking to expand into the U.S. market for some time.
Although China has surpassed the United States as the world’s largest auto market, Chinese manufacturers have seen domestic sales inhibited by the popularity of cars from the United States and Japan and are looking to expand elsewhere.

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