The rising star of the Chinese electric vehicle and solar energy technology world, BYD, is looking likely to continue rising, with the company now eyeing the Brazilian market.
With the company’s first factory in the region — being constructed in Campinas, Sao Paulo — set to be up and running by the middle of the year, the company is apparently aiming to “revolutionize” the country’s urban transport over the next few years.
The company’s director of marketing and governmental affairs in Brazil, Adalberto Maluf Filho, recently commented that BYD is gearing up to deploy its electric buses and taxis in the region, en mass — with the aim of having a large fleet up and running before the Olympic Games in 2016.
Given the state of mass transportation in the major cities of Brazil — very limited subway or streetcar/tram lines — the country could certainly benefit from the switch to electric buses and taxis (from diesel ones), particularly with regard to pollution, but also with regard to fuel costs.
On that note, BYD very recently (about a week ago) won a bid to develop and implement a car-sharing scheme in Rio de Janeiro. The plan is for the initial fleet to number 300 electric vehicles (EV).
The above-mentioned factory in Campinas will reportedly produce a wide range of things, including: solar panels, batteries, and electric buses (with imported parts mostly).
While a second factory — which will be built either in Sao Paulo state, or Minas Gerais, or Rio de Janeiro — will produce complete bus chassis locally, in order to cut down on production costs. Battery cells will also be produced locally in the factory.
BYD will reportedly be offering a leasing option in the country in order to make its technologies more affordable to taxis drivers/companies, and EV buses will be pegged (with regard to prices) to diesel buses.
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