China-based BYD Motors Inc. and the Housing Authority of the City of Los Angeles (HACLA) have finalized a deal that will send an undisclosed amount of the automaker's F3DM plug-in hybrid (the DM stands for dual mode) to the HACLA offices for fleet testing. HACLA President and chief executive officer, Rudolf Montiel, released this over-the-top statement after signing the deal:
We are ecstatic to partner with BYD to test this fantastic EV fleet technology – not only will these electric vehicles reduce fuel costs significantly, but it will reduce direct-emissions by almost 37 lbs of CO2 per car, traveling less than 40 miles per day! With BYD's technology, I believe we will accomplish great things for the environment and demonstrate the lowest-cost fleet program in the United States.
Though Montiel refers to the F3DM as an electric vehicle, the truth is, it's not. BYD's plug-in hybrid features a unique dual-mode system that the automaker describes like this:
The F3DM sedans used in HACLA fleets can travel by electricity for 40 to 60 miles. Drivers can manually switch the vehicle to stay in all-electric vehicle or "EV mode" just like a conventional battery-electric vehicles (BEV) throughout the life of the car. If there is a requirement to go farther than 60 miles in a given day, the vehicle can be manually switched to plug-in-hybrid electric or "PHEV mode", where a 1.0L gasoline engine can be engaged to extend the range another 300+ miles while charging the batteries.
The F3DM charges to full capacity on a Level II system in less than seven hours, allowing the HACLA to easily juice up the plug-in hybrid during the overnight hours. If you reside in the LA area, keep your eyes peeled for the fleet of BYD's F3DMs roaming around.

[Source: BYD]

PRESS RELEASE

BYD and the HACLA Launch Electric Vehicle Testing Program


LOS ANGELES--(BUSINESS WIRE)--The Housing Authority of the City of Los Angeles (HACLA) and BYD Motors Inc. announced the launch of a break-through electric vehicle fleet today. The agreement was signed and BYD vehicles were put into service at HACLA Offices, 2600 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles.

"The BYD 'Dual-Mode' vehicles resolve any 'range anxiety' that consumers might have driving an all-electric vehicle. The F3DM can be treated as an all-electric because gasoline is never required – users can drive all-electric all the time"

"We are ecstatic to partner with BYD to test this fantastic EV fleet technology – not only will these electric vehicles reduce fuel costs significantly, but it will reduce direct-emissions by almost 37 lbs of CO2 per car, traveling less than 40 miles per day!" said HACLA President and CEO, Rudolf C. Montiel. "With BYD's technology, I believe we will accomplish great things for the environment and demonstrate the lowest-cost fleet program in the United States."

The F3DM (Dual Mode) sedans used in HACLA fleets can travel by electricity for 40 to 60 miles. An important attribute of the Dual-Mode vehicle is that the users have the ability to manually switch the vehicle to stay in all-electric vehicle or "EV mode" just like a conventional battery-electric vehicles (BEV) throughout the life of the car. However, if there is a requirement to go farther than 60 miles in a given day, the vehicle can be manually switched to plug-in-hybrid electric or "PHEV mode", where a 1.0L gasoline engine can be engaged to extend the range another 300+ miles while charging the batteries. "The BYD 'Dual-Mode' vehicles resolve any 'range anxiety' that consumers might have driving an all-electric vehicle. The F3DM can be treated as an all-electric because gasoline is never required – users can drive all-electric all the time," stated Micheal Austin, Vice President of BYD America.

"As a leader in the affordable housing industry, HACLA continues to implement innovative technology to reduce cost as a sustainable solution to helping the environment," said Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa. "I commend HACLA and hope that its example will lead others to make environmentally conscious decisions."

The F3DM comes with an onboard overnight-charger which charges vehicles in less than 7 hours, allowing HACLA to simply install standard 220VAC outlets as you would for a home clothes dryer in their EV fleet parking areas. "Part of the appeal of this EV is the fact that we don't need any special EV charging pedestals or equipment to charge, its all standard – that kept our initial launch costs in control and shortened our pay-back times," said Mr. Montiel. BYD is also in discussions with HACLA to integrate solar power to charge an Energy Storage Station (ESS) during the day that could then discharge later during the EV fleet charging hours.

"BYD is pleased to partner with HACLA and Rudolf Montiel to integrate EVs and potentially renewable energy to charge them – he is a visionary leader and a great friend to City of LA and to the environment," said Mr. Austin.

"The HACLA is the second largest authority of its kind in the United States, serving more than 100,000 residents, and takes seriously its obligation of leadership both environmentally and fiscally" said Mr. Montiel. "This test partnership demonstrates our strong commitment to reducing the City's carbon footprint and HACLA's cost."

QUICK FACTS:

"CO2 emissions from a gallon of gasoline = 2,421 grams x 0.99 x (44/12) = 8,788 grams = 8.8 kg/gallon = 19.4 pounds/gallon"

About BYD

BYD is ranked #1 at the top of Bloomberg's and BusinessWeek's 2009 Tech 100 List and is the leading manufacturer of advanced, environmentally-friendly battery technologies like the BYD's Iron Phosphate battery. BYD's solar panels and LED Lighting systems have TUV/CE and UL listings, and the company enjoys rapid growth in consumer electronics space and automobile manufacturing under its BYD brand. With investments from Warren Buffett (Berkshire Hathaway) and MidAmerican Energy Holdings, today, BYD is the fastest-growing Chinese automotive and green energy technology manufacturer. The Company trades on the Hong Kong exchange (HKE) under the ticker numbers (HK.0285 – BYD Electronics) and (HK.1211 – BYD Company Ltd).

About HACLA

The Housing Authority of the City of Los Angeles (HACLA) is a state-chartered public agency. It provides the largest stock of affordable housing in Los Angeles and is one of the nation's leading public housing authorities. The agency is recognized as a "High" performing organization by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).

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