SHENZHEN -- On the last day of his China trip, Gov. Jerry Brown, visiting the headquarters of an electric car and bus manufacturer in Shenzhen, announced that the company would open a bus factory in Lancaster, the first Chinese-owned vehicle plant on American soil.
The company, Build Your Dreams, or BYD, plans to put 10 new plug-in buses on the streets of Long Beach beginning next year after assembling them in Lancaster.
Touring the company, Brown stepped onto a model of an electric bus that will be assembled in California. As the vehicle rolled along, the governor grabbed an overhead bar and did a couple of pull-ups, to the delight of company officials along for the ride.
Brown and his wife, Anne Gust Brown, also looked at roughly a dozen electric and fuel-efficient cars made by the company, including a new electric hybrid that BYD officials have dubbed “the Prius killer.”