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BYD Making Major Strides in Brazil

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BYD (Build Your Dreams), a world leader and pioneer in battery and zero-emission vehicles, is making major strides in Brazil.

BYD Americas CEO Stella Li met recently with São Palo Mayor Bruno Covas at the Brazilian Consulate in Los Angeles to discuss zero-emission mobility in one of the world’s most vibrant cities.

Projects in progress across Brazil, include a fleet of 200 electric refuse trucks in Indaiatuba, and a $689 million monorail system in Salvador.

The company is also building a solar panel manufacturing facility in the city of Campinas.

BYD and Berkshire Hathaway

In 2008, Berkshire Hathaway bet on BYD’s potential, purchasing 225 million shares. It’s an investment that has paid off handsomely. Berkshire’s original investment of $230 million has grown in value almost ten-fold, and is now worth roughly $1.96 billion.

For More on BYD, read the Special Report: BYD, Berkshire’s Tesla.

© 2018 David Mazor

Disclosure: David Mazor is a freelance writer focusing on Berkshire Hathaway. The author is long in Berkshire Hathaway, and this article is not a recommendation on whether to buy or sell the stock. The information contained in this article should not be construed as personalized or individualized investment advice. Past performance is no guarantee of future results.

BYD Shelves Planned Canadian Assembly Plant

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China’s BYD (Build Your Dreams) has scrapped its planned truck manufacturing plant in Windsor, Ontario, Canada.

BYD’s Ted Dowling, Vice President of BYD Canada, was quoted as saying that the plant doesn’t currently make sense for the company.

As to whether it will ever be revisited, “When the business case makes sense, we’ll do it,” Dowling noted.

In December 2017, BYD announced that they would build the assembly plant. “BYD is working on many significant orders that will bring final assembly to the province,” said a statement at that time.

No specific reason has been given for the change in plans.

BYD and Berkshire Hathaway

In 2008, Berkshire Hathaway bet on BYD’s potential, purchasing 225 million shares. It’s an investment that has paid off handsomely. Berkshire’s original investment of $230 million has grown in value almost ten-fold, and is now worth roughly $1.96 billion.

For More on BYD, read the Special Report: BYD, Berkshire’s Tesla.

© 2018 David Mazor

Disclosure: David Mazor is a freelance writer focusing on Berkshire Hathaway. The author is long in Berkshire Hathaway, and this article is not a recommendation on whether to buy or sell the stock. The information contained in this article should not be construed as personalized or individualized investment advice. Past performance is no guarantee of future results.

BYD Electric Buses Coming to Denmark

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BYD (Build Your Dreams), a world leader and pioneer in battery and zero-emission vehicles, has received it’s first order for pure electric buses in Denmark.

The order for 27 of BYD’s 12 metre pure electric buses will run in Denkark’s capital, Copenhagen.

The order was received from Danish Bus company, Anchersen, which serves 19 of Movia’s routes in Copenhagen.

The BYD buses will begin operating at the end of 2019 on routes from the north to the south of Copenhagen city, between Emdrup Torv and Lergravsparken.

“Our company is showing that we are ready for the latest developments,” Søren Englund, COO at Anchersen, said. “We are now at the forefront of the transformation of the public transportation environment to zero emission electric power. Our goal is to have the same reliability with the new electric buses as with our current diesel buses. We have entered into an agreement with BYD because thorough investigation has shown us that BYD can meet the demands we and Movia have for the bus of the future.”

“We are pleased to enter the Danish market and participate in the first phase of the transition towards better green public transport,” Isbrand Ho, Managing Director at BYD Europe, said. “With the deployment of our electric buses, the first step has been taken in replacing the diesel buses in Copenhagen. We are looking forward to a successful cooperation with Anchersen A/S, which will be our first partner in Denmark.”

BYD and Berkshire Hathaway

In 2008, Berkshire Hathaway bet on BYD’s potential, purchasing 225 million shares. It’s an investment that has paid off handsomely. Berkshire’s original investment of $230 million has grown in value almost ten-fold, and is now worth roughly $1.96 billion.

For More on BYD, read the Special Report: BYD, Berkshire’s Tesla.

© 2018 David Mazor

Disclosure: David Mazor is a freelance writer focusing on Berkshire Hathaway. The author is long in Berkshire Hathaway, and this article is not a recommendation on whether to buy or sell the stock. The information contained in this article should not be construed as personalized or individualized investment advice. Past performance is no guarantee of future results.

BYD’s Tang is Number One in Hottest Market

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BYD’s hot-selling Tang is ranked number one in sales in the hottest market in the world for electric cars, China.

China’s plug-in electric vehicle (PEV) sales reached a new high in September. Some 104,900 plug-in vehicles were registered that month with BYD’s Tang taking the top spot.

The BYD Tang is a plug-in hybrid Crossover sport utility vehicle (CUV) developed by BYD Auto based on its BYD S6.

BYD’s other EVs had strong sales, with BYD’s Yuan EV in third place, the BYD e5 in sixth place, the BYD Qin PHEV in ninth place, and the BYD Song PHEV in thirteenth place.

BYD and Berkshire Hathaway

In 2008, Berkshire Hathaway bet on BYD’s potential, purchasing 225 million shares. It’s an investment that has paid off handsomely. Berkshire’s original investment of $230 million has grown in value almost ten-fold, and is now worth roughly $1.96 billion.

For More on BYD, read the Special Report: BYD, Berkshire’s Tesla.

© 2018 David Mazor

Disclosure: David Mazor is a freelance writer focusing on Berkshire Hathaway. The author is long in Berkshire Hathaway, and this article is not a recommendation on whether to buy or sell the stock. The information contained in this article should not be construed as personalized or individualized investment advice. Past performance is no guarantee of future results.

BYD Enters Aviation Services Market with Electric Tugs

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BYD (Build Your Dreams), a world leader and pioneer in battery and zero-emission vehicles, has moved into the aviation services market.

BYD unveiled two new electric tow tractor models, or tugs, this month. The tugs are ideal for airport ground support equipment (GSE) needs including tarmacs and supporting aviation logistic centers and facilities, and also allow for rapid, restriction free charging.

BYD tugs offer greater energy and productivity efficiencies as well as lower operating costs and easier maintenance, as compared to its diesel, gas or lead acid battery counterparts. With a 25-ton towing capacity, BYD’s T250, rear cabin tug, and the T250F, forward cabin tug, are well designed, heavy duty solutions for both luggage transport and towing of regional jets. Using BYD’s proprietary iron-phosphate battery technology, the tugs are equipped with a fast charger integrated to the tractor, making the charging process easy and clean.

“These tugs are a tremendous opportunity to help transform the high pressure, high-duty cycle operations with customers requiring around the clock up-time,” said Brian Rippie, BYD’s Director of Material Handing. “We have already delivered forklifts to Hawaiian Airlines and United Airlines.”

Enhancing efficiency and safety in the workplace, the average BYD tug can fully charge in two hours with limitless charging opportunities, allowing operators 24/7 availability. In addition, where lead acid batteries’ performance drops off as it runs low on charge or in cold weather, BYD’s innovative batteries allow for constant, reliable power regardless of remaining charge. Withstanding the harshest working environment, BYD’s battery is non-toxic, environmentally-friendly, and the safest, most reliable on the market with an unbeatable 10-year warranty.

The world’s largest manufacturer of electric vehicles and batteries, BYD has the only truly integrated tug product, providing the chassis, battery, and charger from one source. Developed for indoor or outdoor use, the tug design includes weather proof dual 3-phase 80V AC brushless motors which produce the high power and torque that allow these tug models greater serviceability.

BYD’s Material Handling practice includes five (5) class 1, sit-down counter balance forklifts and now, three (3) tug products – one 5-ton and the two new 25-ton models. The BYD North American Material Handling practice began operations in the summer of 2015, delivering pilot forklifts to the Port of Los Angeles. Now, operations have grown to 20+ dealers covering 42 North American markets with deliveries to more than 200 customers, which include fleet customers like PepsiCo, Armstrong Flooring and Whirlpool. With a mission of “Forklifts Simplified,” the practice is rapidly expanding to meet customer demand for clean energy, battery-electric heavy-duty truck options.

BYD and Berkshire Hathaway

In 2008, Berkshire Hathaway bet on BYD’s potential, purchasing 225 million shares. It’s an investment that has paid off handsomely. Berkshire’s original investment of $230 million has grown in value almost ten-fold, and is now worth roughly $1.96 billion.

For More on BYD, read the Special Report: BYD, Berkshire’s Tesla.

© 2018 David Mazor

Disclosure: David Mazor is a freelance writer focusing on Berkshire Hathaway. The author is long in Berkshire Hathaway, and this article is not a recommendation on whether to buy or sell the stock. The information contained in this article should not be construed as personalized or individualized investment advice. Past performance is no guarantee of future results.

Largest Private Bus Operator in Vancouver Commits to BYD Electric Buses

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BYD Canada has been awarded an order for zero emission, battery-electric buses by WESTCOAST Sightseeing, the first tour company in Canada to order clean energy buses, and the first to commit to having a 100% clean-energy fleet by 2023.

Battery and Electric Vehicle Pioneer BYD is the world’s largest manufacturer of electric vehicles and batteries, and the overwhelming global leader in battery-electric buses.

The largest private bus operator in Vancouver, WESTCOAST Sightseeing has agreed to work exclusively with BYD on converting their entire fleet of 90 buses, which will include open top buses, double decks and singles and others. WESTCOAST Sightseeing will also work with city to develop charging infrastructure that will not only benefit WESTCOAST but many other companies that want to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions and climate impact.

“Our business is built around the natural beauty of our home and we are especially conscious of the impact our day-to-day operations has on the environment,” said Rob Safrata, Chief Executive Officer of WESTCOAST Sightseeing.” We are proudly working towards a greener and more sustainable future. And adding electric buses and boats is the first step to achieve our goal in 2023 of becoming the first Sightseeing firm in Canada with 100% electric vehicles.”

WESTCOAST Sightseeing recently added Electric Harbour tours to its line of sightseeing products, providing the first Harbor tour on a 100% electric boat in Vancouver.

The BYD battery-electric buses will make an immediate improvement to air quality and noise levels for the B.C. region. These buses alone will deliver a reduction in carbon emissions of some 4,500 Metric Tons of carbon emissions per year based on EPA standards.

“CEO Rob Safrata has long held a clean energy vision and we are excited to be working with him,” said BYD Canada’s Vice President Ted Dowling. “This aligns perfectly with the recent announcement by British Columbia Premier John Horgan for the need to find other ways to reduce emissions.”

BYD is the world leader in zero emission buses.

BYD Canada was the pioneer in Canada and is now the market leader. In addition to this BC order, BYD Canada has buses on order or in operation for Société de transport de Montréal (STM) and the Réseau de transport de Longueuil (RTL) in Quebec; Toronto Transit Commission (TTC) in Ontario; and St. Albert (STAT) and Grand Prairie in Alberta. BYD had more electric buses on the Canadian roads than any other firm.

Investing more than $250 million in North America to date, BYD has delivered more than 270 buses in North America; and sold or leased in excess of 600 buses in total to more than 50 municipal, transit agency, university, airport, federal and other commercial and private sector clients in 14 U.S. states, and across 4 provinces in Canada.

BYD and Berkshire Hathaway

In 2008, Berkshire Hathaway bet on BYD’s potential, purchasing 225 million shares. It’s an investment that has paid off handsomely. Berkshire’s original investment of $230 million has grown in value almost ten-fold, and is now worth roughly $1.96 billion.

For More on BYD, read the Special Report: BYD, Berkshire’s Tesla.

© 2018 David Mazor

Disclosure: David Mazor is a freelance writer focusing on Berkshire Hathaway. The author is long in Berkshire Hathaway, and this article is not a recommendation on whether to buy or sell the stock. The information contained in this article should not be construed as personalized or individualized investment advice. Past performance is no guarantee of future results.

Axalta Coating Systems Parts Ways with Newly Hired CEO After Investigation

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Axalta Coating Systems Ltd. has parted ways with its recently hired chief executive officer, Terrence Hahn, after only five weeks on the job. The dismissal came after an internal investigation turned up conduct that Axalta “believes was inconsistent with company policies.” The chief financial officer Robert Bryant is taking over as acting chief executive.

Berkshire Hathaway currently owns 24,264,000 shares of Axalta with a current market value of $736,655,040. Some 20 million of those shares were purchased in April of 2015 from The Carlyle Group.

Axalta has repeatedly been a failed takeover candidate, most recently from Nippon Paint.

Previously the company fought an unsolicited takeover from paint company PPG, and also held merger discussions with Dutch coatings company AkzoNobel.

Axalta was founded in 1866 as Herberts, the original producer of Standox paint products. Spun off of DuPont Performance Coatings in 2013, it was sold to The Carlyle Group and renamed Axalta Coating Systems. Today the company is a leader in coatings for commercial vehicles.

When Berkshire took its stake in Axalta back in 2015, the company looked like a possible merger candidate with Berkshire’s Lubrizol. However, Berkshire’s never been shy about owning significant minority stakes in companies if they are purchased at favorable prices.

Unfortunately, with Axalta continuing to lose money, it looks more likely that Berkshire will simply exit its position through a third-party acquisition.

© 2018 David Mazor

Disclosure: David Mazor is a freelance writer focusing on Berkshire Hathaway. The author is long in Berkshire Hathaway, and this article is not a recommendation on whether to buy or sell the stock. The information contained in this article should not be construed as personalized or individualized investment advice. Past performance is no guarantee of future results.

101 BYD Electric Taxis Delivered to Bangkok

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China’s BYD recently delivered 101 of its e6 electric taxis to Bangkok, Thailand.

The e6 is powered by BYD’s proprietary lithium iron phosphate battery which is renowned for being safe, stable, and fast charging. With just two hours of charging time, BYD cars are able to travel up to 400 kilometers.

The BYD order is one of the city’s largest electric taxi fleet orders, and the company aims to introduce 1,000 pure electric taxis in Thailand by 2019.

The new e6 fleet will be utilized as VIP taxis and as part of a car sharing service.

The official selection of BYD as the provider of the country’s first fleet of pure electric taxis is in line with the country’s ambitions of having 1.2 million green energy vehicles ply its streets.

Taxis and buses are a major source of Thailand’s air pollution. With over 100,000 taxis and around 43,000 buses traversing hundreds of kilometers daily between Bangkok and its surroundings, the area suffers from a high level of vehicle exhaust emissions.

“Electric vehicles are being adopted around the world because they are cleaner and less noisy compared to combustion engine vehicles,” said Sanit Promwong, the Director of the Land Transport Department of Thailand. “We ultimately want our people to have a better living environment.”

Thailand has introduced policies ranging from tariff to corporate income tax cuts to boost the production and use of electric cars in the country.

BYD and Berkshire Hathaway

In 2008, Berkshire Hathaway bet on BYD’s potential, purchasing 225 million shares. It’s an investment that has paid off handsomely. Berkshire’s original investment of $230 million has grown in value almost ten-fold, and is now worth roughly $1.96 billion.

For More on BYD, read the Special Report: BYD, Berkshire’s Tesla.

© 2018 David Mazor

Disclosure: David Mazor is a freelance writer focusing on Berkshire Hathaway. The author is long in Berkshire Hathaway, and this article is not a recommendation on whether to buy or sell the stock. The information contained in this article should not be construed as personalized or individualized investment advice. Past performance is no guarantee of future results.

BYD Plays Major Role in UK Energy Storage System

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BYD is in a lead role of supplying, operating and maintaining two energy storage systems for its key UK customer, Zenobé Energy Ltd. BYD supplied 49MW energy storage systems at Aylesford in Kent and Claredown in Essex to Zenobé.

“BYD’s focus on UK energy storage market started very early, around 4 years ago. We’ve so far contracted more than 350MW energy storage projects in this country alone, and are the No.1 battery storage system supplier in the UK.” said Bin Guo, BYD Energy Storage Global Director, “We think that the UK has a lot more potential and we will continue to provide first class support to visionary partners like Zenobé Energy to meet the growing demand of reliable and bankable energy storage solutions in the UK.”

The assets were utilized by National Grid’s Systems Operator (‘SO’) to supply 24MWh of energy within half an hour enabling the SO to move the frequency on the UK transmission system significantly.

Apart from being the largest energy storage owner and operator in the UK with 63MW of BYD batteries commissioned and operational, Zenobé is also the first owner-operator to raise senior debt on batteries from Santander Bank.

“The outstanding performance of this system proves that our decision of working closely with BYD is absolutely correct.” said Nicholas Beatty a Director and Founder of Zenobé Energy. “BYD was able to work with us and our other suppliers to deliver the system and commission the plants in record times of less than 6 months from signing of contracts.”

“Without doubt, the recent ASDP (Ancillary Services Dispatch Platform) dispatch of these assets by the SO demonstrates the speed of response of the batteries compared to traditional thermal generation equipment. It also evidences the flexibility batteries provide to the SO and other customers.” said Steven Meersman, a fellow Founder of Zenobé.

The UK SO has announced its plans to continue pushing the ASDP platform into the Short-Term Operational Reserve (STOR) market and replace the existing dispatch system with a “flexible, scalable and secure platform”. Over the next 5-10 years, the growing share of renewables will gradually increase the need for flexibility providers such as energy storage.

BYD has delivered nearly 150MW of energy storage projects in the UK to date. BYD’s 1.26MW/1.34MWh standard container energy storage products fit perfectly into the UK’s climate and power grid environment, along with the requirements for new energy power generation.

As the world leading energy storage solution provider, BYD is present in more than 200 cities around the world and was the number one global seller of new energy vehicles between 2015 and 2017.

BYD and Berkshire Hathaway

In 2008, Berkshire Hathaway bet on BYD’s potential, purchasing 225 million shares. It’s an investment that has paid off handsomely. Berkshire’s original investment of $230 million has grown in value almost ten-fold, and is now worth roughly $1.96 billion.

For More on BYD, read the Special Report: BYD, Berkshire’s Tesla.

© 2018 David Mazor

Disclosure: David Mazor is a freelance writer focusing on Berkshire Hathaway. The author is long in Berkshire Hathaway, and this article is not a recommendation on whether to buy or sell the stock. The information contained in this article should not be construed as personalized or individualized investment advice. Past performance is no guarantee of future results.

Commentary: With Investment in India’s Paytm, Berkshire Moving Beyond Technology Aversion

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Insurance, manufacturing, transportation, retail, these are all things Berkshire Hathaway are known for but not technology.

Warren Buffett’s famed aversion to technology has been fading with Berkshire’s $46.6 billion stake in Apple, and now comes word that the company has taken a 3-4% stake in One97 Communications Ltd, the parent of Indian digital payments company Paytm.

In just eight years, Paytm has become India’s leading digital payments platform in country where digital payments are projected to grow five-fold by 2023.

The investment was actually made by Berkshire portfolio manager Todd Combs, and the main thing it shows is that the next generation of Berkshire’s investment management may not stick to a strictly value investing strategy.

“I have been impressed by Paytm and am excited about being a part of its growth story, as it looks to transform payments and financial services in India,” Combs said.

In addition to the investment, Combs will also join the eight-member board of the company, which includes Alibaba co-founder and executive chairman Joseph Tsai, Shardul Amarchand Mangaldas managing partner Pallavi Shroff, Ant Financial CEO Eric Jing, and Goldman Sachs Asia chairman Mark Schwartz.

“Berkshire’s experience in financial services, and long-term investment horizon is going to be a huge advantage in Paytm’s journey of bringing 500 million Indians to the mainstream economy through financial inclusion,” Paytm’s founder and CEO Vijay Shekhar Sharma noted.

For a company the size of Berkshire, the $356 million investment in One97 Communications Ltd hardly makes a dent in its mountain of cash, which totaled $111 billion at the end of the second quarter. In fact, it represents just over a week’s profit at the rate Berkshire is currently generating it. However, the investment, while small, shows that Berkshire is both looking beyond the U.S. for investment opportunities and beyond its traditional investment parameters.

© 2018 David Mazor

Disclosure: David Mazor is a freelance writer focusing on Berkshire Hathaway. The author is long in Berkshire Hathaway, and this article is not a recommendation on whether to buy or sell the stock. The information contained in this article should not be construed as personalized or individualized investment advice. Past performance is no guarantee of future results.