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Tiernan2012
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Message Posted: May 1, 2013 2:14:59 PM

Shocked! That's how U.S. makers of electric buses say they feel, following a decision by the transit authority of Long Beach, Calif., to buy 10 electric buses made in China--but financed by U.S. taxpayers.

The contract, worth more than $12 million, was awarded in April by a 5-2 vote of Long Beach Transit's board of directors.

Ebus, a U.S. maker based in Downey, Calif., protested the decision. The company, one of four losing domestic bidders, complained that the terms of the competition had been changed at the last minute in a way that favored the winner, China-based BYD.

Andy Eklov, owner of Ebus, tells the Long Beach Press-Telegram that Long Beach originally asked for buses capable of being re-charged periodically during daily use, rather than overnight in one longer session...
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slicerette
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Message Posted: May 3, 2013 4:03:59 PM

Been there, Done that - Pres. Obama's DoE "granted" $115 million tax dollars to Norway's Think electric vehicles, Think took the grant, bought Think "City" EV's from Finland and went bankrupt. Obama Admin bought "left-overs" with "stimulus" money and gave them away to local governments, each tiny Think "City" car cost US about $500,000.

Oh - Think promised 400 U.S. workers would be hired, only two had a job longer than a couple months.

BTW - Five Think "City" Electric Cars were sent to Evansville IN city gov't. - Only one of the five worked 'cause Think sent the wrong charging cords. Four Think City cars went dead when charged with 120v instead of 240v.
Amplion
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Message Posted: May 3, 2013 12:16:45 AM

AND HOW MUCH MONEY WENT UNDER THE TABLE ???????????
bston
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Message Posted: May 3, 2013 12:04:31 AM

It figures!
rahcat
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Message Posted: May 3, 2013 12:03:43 AM

What a joke!!!
lesndave
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Message Posted: May 2, 2013 10:07:23 PM

No surprise here
DanMtz
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Message Posted: May 2, 2013 7:38:48 PM

This isn't really all that surprising.
TruthMatters
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Message Posted: May 2, 2013 3:46:49 PM

Hey, it's a free world market! Make your product right, and you'll have the world beating a path to your door!
bsnort
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Message Posted: May 2, 2013 9:44:26 AM

no surprise coming from cali....................
Bearcat500
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Message Posted: May 2, 2013 7:42:38 AM

This really sucks.
Previvor
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Message Posted: May 2, 2013 2:39:39 AM

Why not find an American made company?
CdnLynx
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Message Posted: May 2, 2013 12:16:08 AM

14 million dollar performance bond to ensure the success of the project on a 12 million investment!
A very good idea and kudos to Long Beach Calif for their envision to ensure with this performance bond! Smart move, good chance it will be a win/win!
ExplorerWA
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Message Posted: May 2, 2013 12:13:24 AM

That's outrages and those bus's are over priced but that's California.
Night Owl
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Message Posted: May 1, 2013 10:52:09 PM

10 electric buses for more than $12 million? Politicians in California are crazy!
jl1rp
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Message Posted: May 1, 2013 9:56:40 PM

Way over priced.
TomT2Lee
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Message Posted: May 1, 2013 9:41:23 PM

And yet, the masses continue to embrace their brainwashed state.
BCweatherman
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Message Posted: May 1, 2013 9:31:52 PM

This is why unemployment is high.
rcornel
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Message Posted: May 1, 2013 7:57:26 PM

What!!! OMG!
PathfinderSC
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Message Posted: May 1, 2013 6:38:42 PM

Blind leading the Blind.
doggod
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Message Posted: May 1, 2013 5:44:23 PM

Well, birds of a feather flock together. That guy in the White House knows who his pals are.

deputydog082
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Message Posted: May 1, 2013 4:20:32 PM

typical for California
fedupMN
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Message Posted: May 1, 2013 3:37:39 PM

Electric busses from China, good luck with those. Based on the poor quality of other things manufactured in China this should be interesting. Quality and China is not synonymous.
gizbo123
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Message Posted: May 1, 2013 2:53:12 PM

Chinese on the board.
humblepie
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Message Posted: May 1, 2013 2:52:11 PM

and warren buffet reaps more rewards from abaoma
he is a major stockholder in byd
bruin19MD
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Message Posted: May 1, 2013 2:44:38 PM

good article, i guess
texasvet
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Message Posted: May 1, 2013 2:26:34 PM

Over a million dollars a bus, and they wonder why they're broke.
jimgraham
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Message Posted: May 1, 2013 2:25:40 PM

Remove nay FEDERAL support monies from the project and see what happens. BYD would drop the job like a hot potato.
BUSMAN1105
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Message Posted: May 1, 2013 2:16:55 PM

THIS SHOULD NOT BE ALLOWED BY OUR GOVT WHEN WE MAKE THESE TYPE OF BUSES TOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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