After a tumultuous attempt at procuring a mini-fleet of electric, zero-emission buses (ZEBs), which ultimately resulted in failure, Long Beach Transit (LBT) has restarted the Request for Proposal process to build 10 ZEBs.
Three months before the June 2014 deadline for the delivery of 10 electric buses, Long Beach Transit’s Board of Directors and BYD Motors agreed early Thursday to mutually terminate the $12.1M contract they signed last year, after the Federal Transit Administration determined the company was ineligible to bid on such projects at the time.
After previous delays with production and federal testing, the bus manufacturer set to provide Long Beach Transit (LBT) with its electric bus fleet, the U.S. subsidiary of Chinese company BYD, could be facing new problems. Not only is the company that BYD hired to make its battery’s chargers embroiled in a lawsuit with investors for being unable to manufacture the technology in time, but the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) is considering revoking BYD’s funding for electric-bus procurement.
Though other allegations still loom, BYD Motors—the bus company set to provide Long Beach Transit with its inaugural fleet of electric buses sometime this year—has been cleared of supposed wage violations at its regional facilities.
Several labor and social justice organizations gathered outside BYD Motors’s downtown Los Angeles offices to protest against the company’s alleged labor violations and call on the three public entities—Long Beach Transit (LBT), LA Metro, and The City of Los Angeles—to back away from their investments in BYD.
China-based bus company Build Your Dreams (BYD), the company set to build Long Beach Transit (LBT) its first electric bus fleet, is coming under fire this week from both LBT and the California Department of Industrial Relations’ Division of Labor Standards Enforcement.
Long Beach Transit (LBT) inspectors who visited electric bus manufacturer BYD’s Changsha, China facility have discovered that frames which were to be shipped from China to be assembled for future LBT buses contained major flaws.
Long Beach Transit’s zero-emission bus initiative will take longer than expected as two major issues—bus weight and cracks in the bus structure—bring new challenges in the procurement of ten ZEBs from Chinese company BYD.