On May 2nd, 2013 BYD announced plans to establish a production base in California, making it the first Chinese car manufacturer to take its production into the United States. While the Mojave Desert plant will produce an estimated 1,000 plug-in electric buses a year once it reaches full capacity over the course of the next two decades, short term estimates are considerably scaled back; targeting 50 vehicles in 2015 while the corresponding batteries are produced at another facility the company is set to start up nearby. Nonetheless this decision signals a new period of expansion in the Chinese automaker’s evolution as it places BYD at the heart of one of the world’s most active and innovative auto development regions, in California’s Silicon Valley. Furthermore, the move to US based production also means that the company’s buses will be eligible for incentive and subsidy programs designed to encourage purchase of domestically produced vehicles.

Source: China Daily article

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