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BYD’s Long Beach, CA, Electric-Bus Deal On Indefinite Hold Now

Has California’s dream of zero-emission electric transit buses turned into something more akin to a nightmare?

A deal under which the city of Long Beach would buy 15 electric transit buses from the Chinese automaker has fallen apart, according to ChargedEVs.

The city and BYD agreed to terminate the existing contract after the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) withdrew grant money that would have gone toward the $12.1 million-project.

The FTA blocked the bus purchasebecause BYD was not eligible to bid for the bus contract when Long Beach Transit board members approved it in March 2013.

The company had not provided adequate documentation showing its compliance with the Disadvantaged Business Enterprise Program, according to Federal officials.



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