When BYD moves, the world listens, so when the behemoth new energy company stepped into electric trucks in 2012, it was big news. That news gets a bit more real today as the company has inked a deal with two companies in its home town of Shenzhen, China, for 500 of its electric refuse trucks.
The vehicles are absolute workhorses, with a 280 kilometer | 174 mile range when fully loaded and a hauling capacity of 10.6 cubic meters | 374 cubic feet, the T10ZT will feel at home in just about any city around the world.
With all its technical prowess, the new electric refuse truck by BYD will ruin the habits of millions around the world. No longer will procrastinators be able to wait until they hear the refuse truck roll into the neighborhood to run out with the trash, curlers in hair and pants half-buckled.
BYD has a wide range of plug-in hybrid electric and fully electric cars, buses, shuttles, and trucks that come in a wide range of sizes and shapes. In Shenzhen in January, the company had a sampling of its plug-in vehicles on display at its campus including its popular e6 taxi, mini buses like those purchased for Jeju Island in Korea, it’s larger K9 bus, a garbage truck, cement mixer, and even a full size street sweeper.
Shenzhen is BYD’s home turf, and the company has been extremely aggressive with the complete transformation of its transit bus system to electric buses with over 16,000 of those coming from BYD, supported by a hefty fleet of its e6 taxis.
BYD is also making progress in the North American market which it supports out of its Los Angeles North American Headquarters and its bus and truck factory just a few miles inland in Lancaster, California. In October, BYD completed an expansion that tripled the size of its Lancaster factory followed just a few short months later by breaking ground on another 100,000 square foot expansion.