UNC Clean Tech Speaker
Battery and electric vehicle pioneer and global leader BYD (Build Your Dreams) announced the recent addition of a new North America transportation professional, Karl Wheeler, for its East Coast team.
Wheeler, as BYD’s Regional Sales Manager, Mid-Atlantic, will cover Maryland, Delaware, Virginia, West Virginia, South Carolina, North Carolina, and the District of Columbia.
“Karl brings a depth of agency and bus experience in a variety of hands-on roles from maintenance to managerial, giving them a unique understanding of our clients’ requirements and needs,” said Bobby Hill, Vice President of BYD North America, Coach and Bus. “He will work with our current and potential clients to help implement zero-emission bus programs from the exploratory and planning stages through implementation, maintenance and expansion.”
“I have been fortunate to work with a group of talented colleagues, and now I will use my experience to promote zero-emission battery-electric buses to public transit providers and their communities,” he said. “Our buses will decrease environmental concerns, improve overall operating costs and enhance customer relations by providing a cleaner, quieter and smarter bus choice to get them where they are going. I am excited to help my region and my country, as together we move toward bus electrification, and we hope even more of them are built in America by BYD.”
Wheeler brings more than 17 years of transit agency bus experience with the Maryland Transit Administration (MTA), beginning as a repairman in 2001 and rising through the ranks to serve as the manager of bus maintenance from 2011 to 2018. His responsibilities have included capital program planning and implementation, budget development, vehicle procurement, project management and controls, quality control, fleet vehicle advanced technologies and implementation, and cost containment/budget adherence. A proud second-generation mass transit worker, Wheeler’s father was a bus operator for more than three decades. Wheeler was a key member of the team that introduced the MTA to hybrid electric bus propulsion and its environmental and cost benefits. During his tenure, more than 350 hybrid electric transit bus propulsion systems were introduced into revenue service. Wheeler also managed four divisions, and four support shops with more than 100 employees and was responsible for the operation of buses, trains, locomotives, light rail vehicles, and community service vehicles. He played a key part in the procurement of new bus sales, as well as a significant role in advancing the state of good repair of MTA’s public transportation system including oversight of the preventive maintenance and quality of the 750-bus fleet, and facilities.