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BYD Company Announces First Factory in Brazil

July 15, 2014 in Battery Energy Storage, BYD, Electric Bus, Electric Vehicles, EV News, Solar

Green Technology Leader Sees South America as Priority Region; R$ 200,000,000.00 Invested, 450 Jobs Created

Image courtesy of BYD

Image courtesy of BYD

Campinas, Brazil — The city of Campinas (in the São Paulo region of Brazil) has been selected as the home to the BYD’s newest factory creating ~450 new local jobs. Executives from Campinas City Hall and BYD Company Ltd. this week announced the opening of the company’s first South American manufacturing facility. The factory is slated to open in 2015 and will launch the manufacturing and assembly of the world’s only long range pure electric transit bus in South America as well the first fire safe and recyclable Iron-Phosphate battery packs. “In the first year of operation (starting in 2015), the plant will have a maximum production capacity of 1,000 electric buses as well as all of their batteries,” said BYD Brazil’s General Manager Tyler Li. “This is the first stage of manufacturing expansion.”

BYD Founder and Chairman, Mr. Wang Chuanfu stated, “BYD chose Campinas because of this city’s spirit of innovation and their goal of building a cleaner society. Along with the buses and batteries, our dream is to build solar panels and energy storage systems here to help the region achieve their zero emissions goals.” In additional to the 32,000m2 and 20,000m2 manufacturing facilities on campus, BYD also plans to open a Research & Development center for their Photovoltaic, Smart-Grid and LED Lighting businesses in the second phase of site development. The Mayor of Campinas, Jonas Donizette pointed out, “BYD fits very well in our City’s quest to attract investments, it is a company that produces goods and technologies related to the use of renewable energies, and also operates in key segments for the future of cities with sustainable urban mobility plans.” This sentiment was echoed by many, including the President of Invest Saint Paul, Luciano Almeida, “In February of this year, we visited BYD in China and observed cutting edge technology and the quality of their products. The arrival of BYD in the State strengthens the role of St. Paul to always be at the forefront of new technologies.”

About Invest São Paulo

Invest São Paulo –Sao Paulo Agency for Investment. Promotion and Competitiveness is the gateway for businesses wishing to invest in the state. The agency provides free of charge strategic information to help investors find the best locations for your business, providing environmental, tax and infrastructure advisory, facilitating the relationship of companies with government institutions and utilities. Invest Sao Paulo prospect new business, welcome foreign delegations, promote the image of São Paulo in Brazil and abroad as a leading destination for companies in Latin America and propose to the Government of the State policies that contribute to improving the competitiveness of Sao Paulo. For more information, visit

About BYD

BYD Company Ltd. is one of China’s largest companies and has successfully expanded globally. Specializing in battery technologies, their green mission to “solve the whole problem” has made them industry pioneers and leaders in several High-tech sectors including High-efficiency Automobiles, Electrified Public Transportation, Environmentally-Friendly Energy Storage, Affordable Solar Power and Information Technology and Original Design Manufacturing (ODM) services.

As the world’s largest manufacturer of rechargeable batteries, their mission to create safer and more environmentally friendly battery technologies has led to the development of the BYD Iron Phosphate (or “Fe”) Battery. This fire-safe, completely recyclable and incredibly long-cycle technology has become the core of their clean energy platform that has expanded into automobiles, buses, trucks, utility vehicles and energy storage facilities. BYD and all of their shareholders, including the great American Investor Warren Buffett, see these environmentally and economically forward products as the way of the future.

BYD has made a strong entrance to the North, Central and South American markets with their battery electric buses, and lineup of automobiles. Their mission lies not just in sales growth, but also in sociological integration and local job creation as they have poured incredible investments into developing offices, dealerships and manufacturing facilities in the local communities they now call home, truly a first for Chinese companies. For more information, please visit

This article is a repost, credit: BYD.

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Solar Impulse Successfully Lands in New York City and Sets Historic First

July 6, 2013 in Electric Plane, Environment, EV News, Greentech, Solar

Prototype Plane Completes Across America Mission Powered Only by Solar Energy

Solar Impulse, solar airplane Photo courtesy of Solar Impulse, copyright Solar Impulse

Solar Impulse, solar airplane
Photo courtesy of Solar Impulse, copyright Solar Impulse

NEW YORK CITY, USA, July 6, 2013 – Solar Impulse – the solar-powered airplane of Swiss pioneers Bertrand Piccard and André Borschberg – has successfully landed at New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport setting a new milestone in the history of aviation: for the first time a plane capable of flying day and night powered exclusively by solar energy has crossed the USA from the West to the East Coasts without using a single drop of fuel.

André Borschberg, Solar Impulse Co-founder and CEO, landed Solar Impulse at JFK on Sunday, July 6 at 11:09 p.m. EDT, 3 hours earlier than planned because of a rip in the fabric on the lower side of the left wing. The flight took 18h 23min with a departure from Washington Dulles at 04:46 a.m. EDT on Saturday.

“This last leg was especially difficult due to the damage of the fabric on the left wing. It obliged the team to envisage all the possible scenarios, including bailing out over the Atlantic. But this type of problem is inherent to every experimental endeavor. In the end, this didn’t prevent us from succeeding in our Across America mission and provided an invaluable learning experience in preparation for the round-the-world tour in 2015,” said André Borschberg shortly after landing, adding “we extend our gratitude to all airport and government authorities whose precious support made this mission possible.”

The arrival of Solar Impulse in New York City marks the culmination of its ambitious journey Across America, which started on May 3rd in San Francisco, California. The journey took a total of 105h 41min and 3511 miles flown at an average speed of 28.8 kt. Before reaching New York, Bertrand Piccard and André Borschberg alternately flew Solar Impulse to Phoenix, Dallas-Fort Worth, St. Louis, Cincinnati and Washington D.C. The plane stopped over in each of these cities giving the opportunity to the team to organize public viewings and political meetings with high level representatives such as Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz, to promote clean technologies, energy efficiency and renewable energies.

“Flying coast-to-coast has always been a mythical milestone full of challenges for aviation pioneers. During this journey, we had to find solutions for a lot of unforeseen situations, which obliged us to develop new skills and strategies. In doing so, we also pushed the boundaries of clean technologies and renewable energies to unprecedented levels,” said Dr. Bertrand Piccard, Solar Impulse Initiator, Chairman and pilot.

Solar Impulse New York City Schedule

  • News conference and Flying Laboratory event with Solar Impulse mission partners on Monday, July 8 at noon at John F. Kennedy International Airport: Under the slogan “Cleantechs are profitable”, Solar Impulse will hold a press conference and event axed on presenting the technological contributions from Solar Impulse partners.
  • Run of show:

Remarks by:

  • Port Authority Representative
  • Solar Impulse pilots Bertrand Piccard and André Borschberg
  • Solar Impulse partners: Solvay, Schindler, Swiss Re Corporate Solutions, Bayer Material Science, Sunpower and the Swiss Government

Q&A opportunity

  • Visit and photo opportunities around the airplane
  • Interview opportunities with pilots
  • Nasdaq Opening Bell Ceremony: On Tuesday, July 9 at 9:30 a.m. Solar Impulse pilots and co-founders, Bertrand Piccard and André Borschberg, will visit the NASDAQ MarketSite in Times Square and ring the Opening Bell. Media are welcome to attend the event at NASDAQ MarketSite, 4 Times Square, 43rd & Broadway, Broadcast Studio from 09:15 to 09:30 a.m. Interviews can be organized from 9:30 until 11:00 a.m.
  • UN presentation: On Tuesday, July 9 at 4 p.m. Bertrand Piccard and André Borschberg will speak at Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) Chamber in presence of UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon and Ambassador of Switzerland to the United Nations Paul Seger. Media are welcome to attend the presentation: If you do not hold a UN badge, please RSVP to [email protected] indicating full name, media outlet, nationality, date of birth. Please bring along a valid form of ID.

Solar Impulse Open House – Public Visits will be organized at the Solar Impulse hangar at JFK on:

  • Saturday, July 13 from 3:30 to 7:30 p.m.
  • Sunday, July 14 from 11 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.
  • Several private Solar Impulse partners events throughout the week July 8 – 15 at JFK

The Solar Impulse Across America mission is made in partnership with Solvay, Schindler, Bayer Material Science, Swiss Re Corporate Solutions, Sunpower and the Swiss Confederation.

Flight Report: Washington Dulles International Airport – New York John F. Kennedy International Airport Pilot: André Borschberg, Co-founder and CEO

  • Take -off time: July 6, 2013 04:46 AM EDT (UTC-4)
  • Time of landing: July 6, 2013 11:09 PM EDT (UTC-4)
  • Flight duration: 18h 23min
  • Average ground speed: 27km/h (15 kts)
  • Highest altitude reached: 3110 m (10 200 ft)
  • Flight Distance: 495 km (~267 NM)
  • The “Across America” mission at a glance:
  • 03 May 2013: First leg San Francisco/Moffett Airfield – Phoenix/Sky Harbor
  • Pilot: Bertrand Piccard, Initiator and Chairman
  • 22 May 2013: Second leg Phoenix/Sky Harbor – Dallas/Fort Worth
  • Pilot: André Borschberg, Co-Founder and CEO
  • 03 June 2013: Third leg Dallas/Fort Worth – St. Louis/Lambert Airport

About Solar Impulse

Swiss pioneers Dr Bertrand Piccard (Chairman) and André Borschberg (CEO) are the founders, pilots and the driving force behind Solar Impulse, the first airplane that can fly day and night without fuel. Solar Impulse is a unique adventure that aims to bring emotions back at the heart of scientific exploration, a flying laboratory to find innovative technological solutions for today’s challenges and a vision to inspire each of us to be pioneers in our everyday lives.

This revolutionary carbon fibre airplane has the wingspan of a Boeing 747 (63.4m / 208 ft) and the weight of a small car (1,600kg / 3,527 lb). It is the result of seven years of intense work, calculations, simulations and tests by a team of about 80 people and 100 partners and advisors. A plane so big and light has never been built before. The 12,000 solar cells built into the wing provide four 10HP electric motors with renewable energy. By day the solar cells recharge the 400kg / 881 lb lithium batteries which allow the plane to fly at night.

This article is a repost, credit: Solar Impulse,

Tesla Stock (TSLA) Launched to Record High

May 24, 2013 in Electric Vehicles, Environment, EV News, Tesla

Today, Tesla’s stock hit a record high of $97.95 per share.  The shares closed up 4.7% to $97.08 on above average volume of about 16 million shares traded.

Tesla is planning to have a big announcement next week on its Supercharger network.  In the Q1 2013 Shareholder Letter, the company stated: “We have been hard at work on improving our Supercharger technology and in building out new Supercharger stations, with a major announcement expected within the next few weeks.  As always, Tesla Supercharging is fast, convenient and free forever.”

Photo courtesy of NOAA/NASA

Photo courtesy of NOAA/NASA

On May 22, Tesla CEO Elon Musk attended a Washington environmental event and suggested a tax on carbon.  Mr. Musk delivered this message at the Climate Leadership Gala.  In addition, Mr. Musk tweeted last night: “Those who would deny climate change should ask themselves what happens if they are wrong.”

The environmental movement has long been established, and it has tremendous capacity to help grow the electric car market.  As the CEO of an all-electric auto company, Mr. Musk has a lot of credibility with environmentalists.  In many respects, electric cars are accelerating the change to renewable energies.  Mr. Musk is wise to address the environmental movement.

Stay tuned for next week …