The first Brazilian factory of the BYD Auto Co., a Chinese producer of electric vehicles and solar panels based in Shenzhen, is expected to start operating before the end of 2015, said the company’s sales director for Brazil.
Adalberto Maluf Filho, cited by Chinese news agency Xinhua, said the company intended to sell many non-polluting buses and taxis in major Brazilian cities, such as Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paulo, with the largest populations.
Maluf Filho recalled that most of the major Brazilian cities have no underground rail network – São Paulo, for example, has only four lines and Rio de Janeiro has just two – and the public transport network, including vehicle fleet needs are in need of “urgent modernisation.”
BYD Auto Co. is part of a consortium that won a tender in 2014 to develop a car sharing system in Rio de Janeiro, which included an initial fleet of 300 electric cars.
The plant, which Maluf Filho said should become operational later this year, is being built in Campinas, in the state of São Paulo, and will produce batteries and solar panels and assemble electric vehicles using imported components.
A second BYD (Build Your Dreams) factory, is planned for São Paulo or possibly in the neighbouring states of Minas Gerais and Rio de Janeiro, to produce the bodies of buses, reducing the cost of production of vehicles as well as batteries, which are currently manufactured in China, South Korea, Japan and the United States. (macauhub/BR/CN)