BYD to open new factory in Campinas, São Paulo

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BRAZIL BYD has chosen the city of Campinas in the São Paulo region of Brazil as the location for a new factory.

The factory is expected to open in 2015 and will launch the manufacturing and assembly of the BYD’s long range electric bus in South America, as well the first fire safe and recyclable Iron-Phosphate battery packs. The facility is expected to create around 450 new local jobs.

In addition to the 32,000m2 and 20,000m2 manufacturing facilities on campus, BYD also plans to open a Research & Development center for its Photovoltaic, Smart-Grid and LED Lighting businesses in the second phase of site development.

“In the first year of operation, the plant will have a maximum production capacity of 1,000 electric buses as well as all of their batteries,” said BYD Brazil’s General Manager, Tyler Li. “This is the first stage of manufacturing expansion.”

BYD Founder and Chairman, Mr. Wang Chuanfu, stated: “BYD chose Campinas because of this city’s spirit of innovation and its goal of building a cleaner society.

“Along with the buses and batteries, our dream is to build solar panels and energy storage systems here to help the region achieve its zero emissions goals.”