BYD partnered with Nuro, a leading autonomous vehicle company, to begin producing all-electric autonomous delivery vehicles at a scale that can improve road safety, air quality, and overall access to goods. The partnership is expected to create a safer environment and provide more affordable, eco-friendly, and convenient services to millions of people across the United States.

Nuro recently announced its third-generation autonomous delivery vehicle. This new vehicle improves on previous design and is ready to be produced at scale.

Nuro third-generation vehicle is designed to be an asset to the roads on which it operates in a number of ways. The new vehicle is approximately 20% smaller in width than average passenger cars. That significantly smaller footprint gives bicyclists and pedestrians more room to maneuver alongside the bot. A custom external pedestrian airbag across the front of the bot is optimized to reduce the force of impact and number of injuries in the event of collision.

The next-generation vehicle is designed to safely operate in the same environment as all motor vehicles. That allows us to serve a wide variety of geographies that experience various weather conditions throughout the year. The new vehicle was designed to feel like a friendly member of the community and to be fun to interact with. The compartments have been designed to hold nearly everything and to keep individual orders separate and secure. And a large touchscreen allows to design new and engaging curbside commerce experiences such as mobile marketplaces.

The new vehicle has 27 ft3 compartments combined can fit about 24 bags of groceries and handle almost 500 lbs. Modular inserts that fit inside the compartments allow for heating and cooling, with a range of temps from 22ºF or hot to 116ºF, which means pizza stays warm and soda stays cool. The new model will be able to reach a top operating speed of 45mph, allowing the vehicle to reach more customers and serve more businesses on a wider variety of roads.

The vehicles are already completely battery-electric and emission-free, but Nuro decided to take their commitment to sustainability even further: in this new vehicle, they’re using 100% renewable electricity from wind farms in Texas to power their fleet and to reduce overall carbon footprint. And all materials adhere to strict sourcing and supply chain standards meant to protect the natural environment.

The new model contains a sophisticated network of sensors that work together to give an in-depth, 360º view of the world in which it operates. In addition to being able to sense everything from the difference between a bundle of leaves and a pet to how many pedestrians are standing at a crosswalk in dense fog, the new model also has the ability to clean its own sensors. This self-cleaning is important to maintain operations and retain sensitivity throughout the day.

Pre-production is underway now, and Nuro is partnering with BYD North America — part of one of the largest OEM networks of electric vehicles in the world — to assemble globally sourced hardware components for the vehicle platforms. BYD will be able to leverage the manufacturing capacity of its Lancaster facility to support Nuro and bring more jobs to California.

About Nuro

Nuro is an American robotics company based in Mountain View, California and founded by Jiajun Zhu and Dave Ferguson. Nuro develops autonomous delivery vehicles, and was the first company to receive an autonomous exemption from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration since its vehicles are designed to carry goods instead of humans. Its self-driving vehicle is designed with no steering wheel, side view mirrors, or pedals. Read More

About BYD 

BYD, which stands for Build Your Dreams, is the world’s leading electric vehicle company with proven innovative technology for cars, buses, trucks, forklifts, and rail systems – like SkyRail. BYD (Build Your Dreams) is a multinational high-tech company devoted to leveraging technological innovations for a better life. BYD now has four industries including Auto, Electronics, New Energy, and Rail Transit. Its creation of a Zero Emissions Energy Solution, comprising affordable solar power generation, reliable energy storage, and cutting-edge electrified transportation, has made it an industry leader in the energy and transportation sectors. BYD is a Warren Buffet-backed company and is listed both on the Hong Kong and Shenzhen Stock Exchanges. BYD has over 220,000 employees across 30 industrial sites globally. BYD is the Global Sales Champion in Electric Vehicle for four consecutive years from 2015 to 2018. BYD is the World’s Largest Electric Bus manufacturer in the world and has delivered the World’s Largest Electric Bus Fleet in the world. BYD is the Third Largest Automaker with market capitalization of $136.4 billion. BYD is also one of the 1st OEMs of Battery Electric Vehicle (BEV) globally to produce 1,000,000 electric passenger vehicle. Read More

About Cimex

Cimex successfully managed to get the dealership of world leading electric vehicle maker BYD in Nepal. Being the authorized distributor of BYD in Nepal, Cimex introduced long range pure electric vehicle in Nepal with the aim to bring green revolution in automobile sector of Nepal. In Nepal’s context, electric vehicles could be a solution to ever-growing environmental problem and with the electricity generation potential, Cimex Inc aims to capitalize the opportunity and maneuver the country toward green revolution via electric mobility. Cimex offers wide choice of electric vehicle in Nepal ranging from electric SUVs, MPVs, eForklift, eBus in Nepal. Along with this Cimex also provides electric mobility solution- EV charger, after-sales service, charging infrastructure network. Cimex is also the Largest Charging Station Operator in Nepal. Read More