10/02/2018

 


 
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  BYD invests $5M into new warehouse facility


 

BYD 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 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.

"We have the capacity to produce up to 1,500 battery-electric buses a year, which will go a long way toward creating a cleaner climate and a quieter, more efficient way to travel," said Bobby Hill, VP of BYD North America, Coach and Bus. 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...  READ MORE >

 
  Allison Transmission partners with Saucon Technologies for tech solutions

Allison Transmission announced its partnership with Saucon Technologies, a leading provider of technology solutions for the passenger transportation industry, to deliver transmission health information to motorcoach, public transit, and school bus fleets. Transmission health information includes prognostics to monitor various operating parameters, oil and filter life and diagnostic transmission information. The partnership is part of an journey to provide fleets with actionable information to support their 4th-5th generation Allison transmissions that are already in service.


Allison Transmission announced its partnership with Saucon Technologies, a leading provider of technology solutions for the passenger transportation industry, to deliver transmission health information to motorcoach, public transit, and school bus fleets.

"We are pleased to partner with Saucon Technologies as they extend new capabilities and value to existing customer fleets," said John Coll, senior vice president, global marketing, sales and service with Allison Transmission. "We look forward to working with Saucon and seeing the great results that we can accomplish together."

Saucon’s transportation management platform provides a full suite of cloud-based software, hardware and analytics tools - from GPS fleet tracking and onboard video to........... READ MORE >

 
 
 
  First Blue Bird Electric School Buses Delivered

From School Bus Fleet News:

Blue Bird has delivered its first electric-powered school buses to customers in California and Ontario, the manufacturer announced on Thursday.

Seven Type D All American Rear Engine Electric school buses and one Type A Micro Bird G5 Electric school bus will be in operation this year, according to Blue Bird.

The customers who obtained electric school buses were aided by grants from various entities and government programs. Blue Bird said that the grants helped to pay for all or part of the cost of the buses, as well as some necessary infrastructure costs.

Jack Matrosov of Wheelchair Accessible Transit, based in Toronto, Ontario, added a Micro Bird G5 Electric school bus to his fleet through the Electric and Hydrogen Vehicle Incentive Program (EHVIP), which is offered by Ontario’s government.

"When the EHVIP grant became available, we were thrilled to find out that Micro Bird had an electric bus solution in the works," Matrosov said. “Over 90% of our fleet are Micro Bird buses, and we feel these buses offer great quality and good local service when needed."

The larger, 72-passenger buses ordered by customers in California have a similar design to the Blue Bird Type D compressed natural gas (CNG) school buses that many school districts in the state already operate. Districts utilized California-based grants to help cover the cost of the electric buses and infrastructure............... READ MORE >

 



 

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