Battery and Electric Vehicle Pioneer BYD (Build Your Dreams) announced the completion of its latest U.S. investment, a new $5 million 100,000-square-foot warehouse for its Lancaster, Calif., manufacturing plant.
This is the firm’s fourth expansion of its current manufacturing campus in Los Angeles County, bringing its total investment in Lancaster facilities to more than $53 million.
The new warehouse provides additional space and ability to further streamline the handling of materials and supplies. It also frees up space on BYD’s adjacent massive 450,000-square-foot manufacturing plant floor, allowing for greater production and operational efficiencies.
BYD has delivered more than 270 buses in North America with an additional 80-plus buses in current production, and 300 bus orders with options that could double that number. Since it first opened in 2013, the Lancaster manufacturing plant has grown from 106,000-square-feet and a workforce of a few dozen to a facility that now covers more than a half million square feet and employs more than 820 workers.
The firm is the only electric vehicle manufacturer in the U.S. to have an all-union workforce, and an exceptionally diverse team of employees. The warehouse may be the latest expansion but BYD North America has much more in the works. The company has invested in the purchase of an additional 150 acres of land near its Lancaster manufacturing plant; and is planning service/maintenance centers across the U.S. BYD has invested more than $250 million in the region to date, including some $53 million in the Lancaster facilities to date.
The firm’s battery-electric, zero-emission buses not only meet but also exceed all current and future stated FTA “Buy America” requirements, incorporating more than 70% U.S. content.