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Lancaster, CA, April 28, 2014 --- In a historic event attended by State of California Governor Jerry Brown, BYD unveiled the first California-made, all-electric, long-range, 40-foot rapid transit bus. The ceremony was held in Lancaster, California at BYD’s first ever electric bus factory in the United States, which has created more than 60 new jobs for American workers.

“The City of Lancaster strongly believes in the importance of building solid private-public partnerships, such as our ongoing relationship with BYD. Together, we were recognized internationally for our innovative solar programs at the 2012 World Energy Globe Awards’” said City of Lancaster Mayor R. Rex Parris. . “BYD continues to bring much-needed manufacturing jobs to our community, having already brought more than 60 new jobs to our region. We look forward to their continued growth, and the resulting economic prosperity they bring to the Antelope Valley and the State of California.”

BYD expects to increase the number of new jobs created to 100 by the end of the year, while adding 200 more by the end of next year. The company hopes this will be the first of many cities where BYD will provide clean energy electric buses, while creating more jobs for Americans.

“This event is truly historic with the unveiling of the first California-made, all-electric, long-range, 40-foot rapid transit buses lasting up to 24 hours on a single charge,” said CEO of BYD Motors, Stella Li. “BYD has a long and solid commitment to provide zero-emission, superior technology transportation vehicles in the United States. We are starting out here in Lancaster, California with the goal of providing clean energy electric buses, throughout the United States creating even more jobs for Americans. BYD is proud to deliver this breakthrough environmentally friendly technology to California.”


BYD's breakthrough battery and EV technologies have resulted in an electricity-powered, 24-hour, long-range battery that provides emission-free, silent, and economic public and private transportation. As the world's largest manufacturer of rechargeable batteries, BYD's mission is to create safer and more environmentally-friendly battery technologies This has resulted in the BYD Iron Phosphate Battery.

Speakers at the ceremony included:
  • • Governor Jerry Brown – Governor of California
  • • Mayor R. Rex Parris – Mayor of Lancaster, California
  • • Supervisor Michael D. Antonovich – Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors
  • • Bill Allen – President and Chief Executive Officer of the Los Angeles County Economic Development Corporation
  • • Stella Lee – CEO, BYD Motors
  • • Lanny Davis – Attorney for BYD and former White House Special Counsel
  • • Lixin Bian -- Chinese Acting Counsel General

  • ABOUT BYD Motors Inc.:
    BYD Motors Inc. is an American manufacturing company and a wholly-owned subsidiary of BYD Company Ltd, the largest domestic auto-manufacturer and electric-bus manufacturer in China. BYD is a publicly traded company, with the Hong Kong listed stock 60% of which is owned by U.S. investors, and Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway as the largest single shareholder at 9.9%.

    BYD Motors established its headquarters in downtown Los Angeles in October 2011 and has now hired over 60 Americans to support BYD Electric Bus and Energy Module factories in Lancaster, California which will be delivering their first electric buses at the end of the month. There are also over 25 American research and development and sales support personnel at the Los Angeles headquarters. BYD expects to create 100 new jobs by the end of this year, with 200 by the end of next year all devoted to building BYD's breakthrough battery technologies enabling zero-emission, electric buses, higher utility fleet delivery vehicles, taxis and longer lasting batteries than any other manufacturer in the U.S.

    As the world's largest manufacturer of rechargeable batteries, BYD's mission is to create safer and more environmentally-friendly battery technologies. This has resulted in the BYD Iron Phosphate Battery, a fire-safe, completely recyclable, and incredibly long-cycle technology -- the foundation of BYD's clean energy platforms.


    The technology BYD has brought to California has been touted as break-through with the following distinctions:
  • Electric buses run entirely off battery power lasting up to 24 hours on a single charge, with single off-peak charging time of 3-5 hours.
  • Buses run entirely off of batteries, with NO transmissions, clutches, or an internal-combustion engine.
  • Buses can hold up to 60 passengers designed with low floors without any steps, made possible with in-wheel hub motors, making it elderly and disability friendly.
  • Battery chemistry environmentally friendly, making it disposable and pollution-free with zero-emissions.
  • Due to its track record for superior technology, BYD has won the most contracts for electric buses in United States.
  • BYD has globally produced more electric buses than any other manufacturer with over 1,300 buses worldwide.
  • BYD's electric bus has been tested for more North American miles at more Transit Authorities than any other electric bus.
  • Buses that will drive out of the Lancaster factory on April 28th have the ability to save 2.77 trees per day, literally a forest each month on U.S. roads.

  • ABOUT the City of Lancaster:

    The City of Lancaster is a thriving community of more than 158,600 in northern Los Angeles County. Clean air, attainable housing, wide open spaces, and a close-knit community make Lancaster an ideal place for families. A low cost of doing business, endless potential for growth, and a strong commitment to business from local leaders has earned Lancaster the Eddy Award for “Most Business-Friendly City” in Los Angeles County from the Los Angeles County Economic Development Corporation. In addition, Lancaster boasts more than 300 days of sunshine per year, making it the ideal place to pioneer new solar energy technologies. No matter how you look at it, it's positively clear that Lancaster is the perfect place to live, work and play.

    BYD Labor Issues Resolved by California Labor Commission, Minimum Wage Dispute Dropped, Technical Fines Reduced by Two-Thirds

    March 13, 2014 10:05 AM Pacific Daylight Time
    LOS ANGELES--(BUSINESS WIRE)--BYD is pleased that the decision by the Labor Commissioner Hearing Officer resulted in a reduction by almost two thirds - from $99,245 to $37,803 - in the fines assessed against BYD for good faith technical errors (such as allowing several workers one 20 minute break so they could have breakfast together rather than two 10 minute breaks).

    BYD is especially happy that the false charge, unfortunately widely published in local and national media, of payments to five temporary Chinese professionals below California's minimum wage was dropped by the Commissioner before the hearing.

    BYD is an American start-up company that has built two factories; an electric bus factory and an energy module factory in Lancaster, California, with an administrative office in Los Angeles and already created more than 50 jobs. We expect to double the new jobs to 100 by the end of this year, and doubling again to 200 jobs by 2015. We are proud of our zero-emission electric buses and longer lasting batteries than any other electric or hybrid bus manufacturer. We look forward to continued new jobs for California in years to come. Please visit

    Statement by Lanny J. Davis, Attorney for BYD, on California Labor
    Commissioner's Dismissal of Prior Citations of Alleged Payments Below
    California's Minimum Wage

    LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA: It is my understanding that BYD welcomes the decision by the California Labor Commissioner to dismiss as unmerited citations alleging that BYD paid below California's minimum wage to five professionals from China who temporarily worked for BYD in the latter half of 2013.
    BYD produced substantial documents to the Commissioner's office proving that BYD paid these professionals the equivalent of above the state minimum wage of $8.00 hour. BYD documents prove that these professionals were in fact paid $12-$16 / hour. Therefore, the Commissioner's office has today agreed to dismiss the minimum wage assessment based on the alleged under-minimum-wage payments. All five of these professionals were no longer working for BYD in California by the end of 2013.
    However, the Labor Commissioner's position is that BYD should have paid these five employees in U.S. dollars, not in their home currency – Chinese renminbi (RMBs). While BYD disagrees with this position as a matter of law, in the spirit of resolving this matter, BYD has agreed to pay $1,900 for this alleged error. This means that the hearing on the minimum wage issue on calendar for tomorrow, Tuesday, January 28, will no longer be necessary. BYD appreciates the cooperation and communication that led to this resolution.
    However the hearing will continue regarding two other alleged technical violations that BYD denies -- the alleged omission of two out of nine categories of information on check stubs of all employees; and the alleged denial of rest breaks for 8 employees who were permitted to choose to take one twenty-minute rest break, rather than requiring a split of this break into two ten-minute breaks against the employees' preference.
    I am proud that this Warren Buffett backed company has already created 50 American jobs with 100 more planned next year.
    For BYD media inquiries please contact:
    Micheal Austin

    Matthew Jurjevich
    213-400-3383 cell

    For California Labor Commission inquiries please contact:
    Erika Monterossa or Peter Melon at 510-286-7046

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    National Telephonic Press Conference

    For Immediate Release:
    Los Angeles -- December 12, 2013
    Davis Corrects Misinformation About BYD

    What:     National telephonic press conference to correct the record

    Press only Q&A with attorney Lanny Davis
    When:    Friday, December 13th, 3:30pm ET/12:30pm PT
    Dial in number: 800-311-9402
    Passcode: 33106
    Who:      Lanny Davis, attorney for BYD, Lanny J. Davis and Associates
    Supervisor Mike Antonovich, Los Angeles County Fifth District
    The Honorable Rex Parris, Mayor of Lancaster, California
    Richard Hunt, Los Angeles Metropolitan Transportation Authority General Manager
    Ruben Gonzalez, Vice President for Public Policy & Political Affairs,
    Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce
    Janice Marsh, HR Manager for I/O Controls, BYD vendor

    ---------------------------Press Release----------------------------

    For immediate release:
    Attorney spokesman Lanny Davis corrects “misinformation,”
    confirms above minimum wage compensation and new
    California jobs creation

    Los Angeles, California, December 13, 2013 – Los Angeles area transit officials, in a national telephonic press conference, today praised BYD, a U.S. company owned by a parent company in China, for its electric bus technology, which they described as “clean, silent, and efficient.”

    “We are very excited that our parent company in China has invested in the United States to create a U.S. company and new jobs, bringing exciting green, electric transportation technology to America,” Stella Li said, the CEO of BYD Motors Inc.

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    Lanny Davis
    Lanny J. Davis & Associates
    December 13, 2013
    2:30 PM CT

    Operator: This is a recording of the Lanny Davis conference with Lanny J. Davis & Associates on December 13, 2013 at 2:30 p.m. Central Time. Ladies and gentlemen, thank you for your patience in holding. We now have your presenters in conference. Please be aware that each of your lines is in a listen-only mode. At the conclusion of today’s remarks, we will open the floor for your questions. At that time, to queue up for questions, you may do so by pressing star one. For our introductory remarks, it is now my pleasure to introduce the attorney and spokesman for BYD, Mr. Lanny Davis.

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    ----------------------------Facts about BYD---------------------------

    Recently, there have been inaccurate media reports about BYD and its employees. For the public’s and our own benefit, BYD is correcting the primary misstatements. BYD produces safe and reliable, high-technology, green, electric-powered vehicles for public transportation.

    1) Inaccurate and misleading reports, based on incomplete information, have circulated concerning BYD's compensation package for Chinese employees temporarily working in California. Our specialists from China earn wages greater than the state and federal minimum standards for their work in the United States. Indeed, the hourly wage of the five professionals referenced in media reports ranged from $12/hour to $16/hour for their work in the United States.

    2) BYD in China has been temporarily loaning its highly-experienced engineers, battery specialists, bus-design specialists, and other professionals to train and support the approximately 40 California-based employees who BYD already has hired to start up its operations and to help transition our state-of-the-art green technology. BYD plans to hire many more California-based employees as its bus production commences.

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    ----------------------------Letter to Long Beach Transit--------------------------

    December 12, 2013

    Mr. Kenneth McDonald
    President and Chief Executive Officer
    Long Beach Transit
    Long Beach, CA 90801
    Dear Mr. McDonald:
    I write to set the record straight on behalf of two American companies, BYD Motors Inc. and BYD Coach & Bus LLC (collectively, “BYD”), regarding the compensation their parent company pays its employees. Contrary to what you might have read in various publications, BYD’s China-based parent pays its employees who temporarily visit our California sites above California’s minimum wage for their work in the United States.

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