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Chilean Minister of Energy on BYD’s Pure Electric Bus

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Chilean Minister of Energy on BYD’s Pure Electric Bus

July 29, 2014

BYD Electric BusPictured above: Máximo Pacheco on board the pure electric BYD k9
Santiago, Chile – BYD Company Ltd. has joined Chile’s fight to save the environment. The Chilean Exhibition on Energy-Saving Technologies took place recently, and among an array of offerings was a BYD k9, the world’s first long-range battery electric bus. The event was attended by the Chilean Minister of Energy, Máximo Pacheco, who spoke on Chile’s need for a diversified, balanced and sustainable energy mix.

Currently, the Chilean goal is to immediately reduce emissions and wasteful energy consumption by 20%. This is crucial not only for the environment, but for the balance sheet of a nation that is currently importing nearly 70% of energy consumed. Minister Pacheco noted that full service new energy companies such as BYD are necessary to implementing the change required for meeting these goals, and is excited to see the BYD electric buses operating on the streets of Santiago in the near future. Last year, the Chilean Minister of the Environment, Maria Ignacia Benitez had similar remarks during a BYD Electric Bus Pilot Program with the University of Lima.

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 www.byd.com

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