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A few weeks ago, we reported that BYD was considering one of several locations in Los Angeles county to house the company's North American headquarters. At the time, BYD did not disclose site locations nor did it indicate any particular cities that were under consideration. Well, a selection has been made and we are quite surprised to learn that the company will call downtown LA its North American home. The site selected is in the city's financial district on the grounds where an auto dealership once stood.

The announcement came just days ago with LA Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger and BYD chairman Chuanfu Wang standing side-by-side on the steps of city hall. Chuanfu briefly spoke at the ceremony stating:
Installing a U.S. headquarters in Los Angeles prepares us for distribution of our product throughout the United States and sets the stage for release of our all-electric crossover vehicle, the e6.
Initially, the company says it will hire 150 people by the end of 2011 to run the new headquarters. It also claims that future expansion could lead to nearly 2,000 more jobs at the LA site. This level of expansion would also mean that some vehicle assembly would take place on-site. We've always been a bit skeptical about some claims and projected release dates set by BYD, but establishing a headquarters here, put a little bit of our cynicism to rest. For one thing, we can now add BYD to the growing list of companies in the Electric City.


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      • 4 Years Ago
      Who is going to buy this piece of crap? Does anybody trust China, really? With all the recalls, such as the lead paint in toys, who's going to say, "Yes, I will buy a car from a Chinese company. It will be safe and reliable."

      I know we already buy tons of things made in China, but it's stuff that's annoying, but not life threatening, when it breaks, such as consumer electronics. The brand and nationality of an automaker is much more high-profile in the minds of people here.

      And, there are many good brands of cars here already with excellent safety ratings and great gadgets and (with some) excellent mileage. Off the top of my head, I count 12 from Japan and Korea, at least 7 brands from Europe (not including Lotus, Porsche, Ferrari, etc.), and then of course 10 brands from Detroit.

      With the illustrious Warren Buffet being ga-ga gay over them, it's probably no surprise that they are coming here first from China.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Don't worry, they will not be finished staffing this LA headquarters until the end of 2011.
        "Initially, the company says it will hire 150 people by the end of 2011 to run the new headquarters."
        They are to busy making ICE cars and selling them in China. Another car green car corp lured in by the profits of a existing supply chains and easy profits in ICE parts and service. GM is over their teaching these corps like BYD how to be green while predominately building ICE Vehicles.
      • 4 Years Ago
      So are they gonna bring their cars over here?
      • 4 Years Ago
      [ insert right wing-nut talking points here ]
      • 4 Years Ago
      Buy it for the children...

      Anything to help a poor slave labor kid get his bowl of rice. ;-/
      harlanx6
      • 4 Years Ago
      L. A. has an inexhaustible supply of cheap labor, and a huge market for autos, but it is a very business unfriendly state with a political dominance that has never seen a tax they didn't like, and a huge state government held hostage by 3 extremely powerful employees unions..
        • 4 Years Ago
        @harlanx6
        Since they wont be building any cars in LA, they should be fine. I think Cali is probably the most receptive state for their cars. Especially when they can call them "zero emmisions" and they come from a foreign car maker.
        • 4 Years Ago
        @harlanx6
        How is "3 extremely powerful employee unions" a negative when you just said L. A. has "an inexhaustible supply of cheap labor" (as if cheap labor is a good thing for our living standards).
        harlanx6
        • 4 Years Ago
        @harlanx6
        Time, the entrepreneurs, with their businesses provide the real jobs which support the whole economic pyramid. Government produces nothing and is a parasite on commerce which is the source of all prosperity.
        • 4 Years Ago
        @harlanx6
        We did pass lots of tax credits for green car manufacturers.
        harlanx6
        • 4 Years Ago
        @harlanx6
        Polo, my point was the California Government is a bloated mess, with too many employees, too highly paid, not working all that urgently or efficiently so they are always trying to crowd taxes upward, because they haven't been able to balance a budget for years. It is a problem for California businesses which have to support the whole mess. It's almost impossible to reform because of the power of the employee's unions.
        • 4 Years Ago
        @harlanx6
        harlan, seriously: If there's one thing I've learned over the last few years, it is this: businesses don't pay for anything. State and local gov'ts practically pay businesses to do business in their municipality, typically in the form of tax cuts or complete exemption from taxes for periods of time.

        Any failings in the local, state or national economy is paid for through the taxes on the working classes: income, property, real-estate, gas, and sales taxes.

        I have not seen California's balance sheet, but I sincerely doubt that their double-digit billion-dollar deficits have anything to do with state employee payroll. In fact, the more I think about it, the more ludicrous that accusation sounds.

        It has much more to do with the economic collapse - lost tax revenues due to lost jobs and particularly the housing crash. They aren't the only state, either. Every state has been broke for the last decade, cutting critical services right and left to stay afloat because raising taxes is political suicide, unfortunately.

        But, no, we need a scapegoat, so blame the people that actually carry out the laws and perform the services of the state: the employees and the unions that represent them. Yep, just run them into the ground, as if they have any real power. The state employees don't make the laws. They aren't even allowed to strike, which is the only real power typical unions have.
        • 4 Years Ago
        @harlanx6
        harlanx has a good point. The unions are very powerful, and the governor can't really do much about it...his hands are tied.

        Other than that, it's a nice state to live in, very much on the edge of things unlike the redneck states that catch up about 10 years later.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Build it, BYD, and we will obediently come and buy. Give us fine coffee, Drive-By Trucker music in the background, fair service prices, and plenty of interesting automotive conversation with your salesmen and we'll come and buy e6's like they're going out of style. Build it and offer it up for sale in even remote western lands such as Nevada. And be sure and tell Warren Buffett that we want the BYD e6 for only $29,995. Not this $40,000 crap. Last time I looked we were still in a recession. Hello? Get with it, BYD. You're purposely overpricing this gem in order to preserve the all-electric market as a "niche" automotive market only. We want Henry Ford mass production going on with the e6, not nose stuck up in the air snottiness. You are new at this, aren't you? Sheesh! =:U
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