To provide service and support for its recently-sold fleet of electric and hybrid vehicles to the City of Los Angeles’s Housing Authority, Chinese auto manufacturer BYD has set up service operations in a nearby suburb, in a move which many are viewing as the company’s first step toward setting up retail operations in the United States. The company is in the process of building its U.S. corporate headquarters in downtown L.A., according to the Glendale News Press.
The service operation is housed on the premises of a used car lot on Brand Boulevard in Glendale. The company has already lined up 10 dealerships nationwide for consumer and fleet sales. The company plans on selling its cars in the U.S. starting in late 2011 to early 2012.
BYD claims its all-electric E-6 sedan can go nearly 200 miles on a charge and will sell for around $30,000. The company has recently received additional attention because of billionaire investor Warren Buffett’s investment in the company.
Source: Glendale News Press