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BYD to Host Panel on Designing Smart, Stylish Urban Transportation

BYD will be hosting a panel on the future of urban mobility at the world-famous Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegence.

Los Angeles, CA, August 02, 2019 --( Experts in transportation strategy, auto design and architecture will discuss how to make the future of urban mobility both smart and stylish at a panel discussion hosted by BYD (Build Your Dreams) at the world-famous Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegence.

With Concours d’Elegence, one of the world’s premier events geared toward auto design and beauty as a backdrop, this panel will look at one of today’s critical issues - how to make urban transportation more efficient, sustainable, and stylish. This panel will discuss how to blend technology and architecture to create smart transportation systems. The panel will look at what is available now and what is coming in the future, in terms of battery-electric cars, autonomous vehicles and automated straddle rail systems like SkyRail.

The panel will also showcase BYD’s commitment to elevating the state-of-the-art in design of vehicles that utilize green technology.

Titled “The Outlook for the Future of Urban Transportation: Battery-Electric Cars, Autonomous Vehicles, and Advanced Rapid Transit,” the panel will be held at 4:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 17, at The Inn at Spanish Bay, 2700 17 Mile Drive, Carmel.

Panelists include Wolfgang Egger, Hernán Kraviez and JF Finn III. Thomas Stone, BYD’s senior strategic advisor, who has more than 40 years of experience with transit technologies, will moderate.

“Although the Pebble Beach Concours is all about cars, we also are thinking about how to improve urban mobility in an environmentally sustainable manner to better serve future generations,” Stone said. “This panel will address the current and future potential for battery-electric vehicles, battery-electric people movers, and automated monorail; and will address how improved design quality can help assure this objective is met.”

Egger, a renowned auto designer, joined BYD in 2016, serving as the company’s global design director. Egger has 30 years of design experience working with some of the world’s best-known brands, including Alfa Romeo, Audi, Lamborghini and Volkswagen.

His team includes JuanMa Lopez and Michele Jauch-Paganetti, in leading a new revolution in vehicle design for BYD. The three designers are blending technology, function, and beauty into cutting edge vehicle designs.

Panelist Kraviez is a graduate of the School of Architecture, Design and Urbanism of the University of Buenos Aires, Argentina and has a master’s degree from the Bartlett School of Architecture, University College London. Since 2018, he is the head of Architecture, Design and Technology Units at the Norman Foster Foundation in Madrid, leading a team of young architects and designers.

Panelist Finn III is a Principal and Mixed-Use Practice Area leader for Gensler. He is also leading an internal Gensler research team, focused on the impact of autonomous vehicles on cities.

BYD is committed to innovation, both in battery electric technology and in design. The company recently announced the opening of its Global Design Center at its global headquarters in Shenzhen, China. Under the mantra of “Design with Passion,” BYD is boldly accelerating the exploration and establishment of design theory and philosophy in the era of electrified and intelligent mobility. Although it has no plans to sell automobiles in the United States, BYD manufactures battery electric buses in Lancaster, California where it employs 750 workers, many of whom are members of the SMART labor union.

The Global Design Center is responsible for the design of BYD vehicles including buses, trucks and autos. It can accommodate 300 designers and 100 external design staff. The building features a “Black Crystal” design and covers an area equal to nearly two full-size football fields.

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The Official Sponsor of Mother Nature™, 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 is dedicated to creating a truly zero-emission ecosystem offering technology for solar electricity generation, energy storage to save that electricity, and battery electric vehicles powered by that clean energy. BYD has 220,000 employees across the globe, including nearly 1,000 in North America. For more information, please visit
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