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Lancaster factory rolls out first electric buses

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LANCASTER, Calif. (AP) — A Chinese-owned company has rolled out its first all-electric buses made entirely in California.

Gov. Jerry Brown was on hand Monday as two 40-foot buses were unveiled at the BYD factory in Lancaster.

The buses are capable of traveling 155 miles between charges with a full load of passengers. They are destined for the Antelope Valley Transit Authority.

The factory, which has about 60 employees, hopes to increase its workforce and have the capacity to produce 1,000 buses a year within two decades.

California has been courting Chinese business and jobs while BYD has been eyeing the U.S. market.

BYD, the largest domestic automaker in China, also has a North American headquarters in Los Angeles and an energy module assembly plant in Lancaster.

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