BYD and Hino ink strategic alliance for developing electric commercial vehicles

by Autocar Pro News Desk , 24 Apr 2020

Chinese electric vehicle major BYD Company (BYD) and Japan’s commercial vehicle and diesel engine maker Hino Motors (Hino) have signed a strategic business alliance agreement with a focus on collaborating in commercial battery electric vehicles (BEVs) development.

The partners will accelerate the development of commercial BEVs to provide the best-fit product for customers in a timely manner. To begin with, the two companies will collaborate on a development of BEV products, and by utilising their knowledge and experience, the companies will cooperate in retail and other related business that will promote the adoption of BEVs.    

Wang Jie, vice-president and CEO – commercial vehicle division, BYD said: "BYD Commercial Vehicle and Hino Motors has been committed to technology innovation and global promotion of commercial vehicle electrification. The cooperation between the Chinese and Japanese companies will benefit the development of commercial vehicle electrification by introducing leading technology and rich experience, which will accelerate the global adoption of pure electric commercial vehicles."

Taketo Nakane, director and senior managing officer, Hino said: "We are pleased with this collaboration aiming to realise commercial BEVs that are truly beneficial to customers both practically and economically. By bringing together BYD's achievement in BEV development and Hino's electrification technology and reliability built over years of experience in developing hybrid vehicles, we will develop the best-fit commercial BEV products for consumer in working towards swift market introduction”.

BYD and Hino says they will work together to develop and spread the best-fit commercial BEVs for customers to achieve low-carbon societies.

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