Chinese electric-vehicle (EV) maker BYD Co said the emissions from its plant in the southeastern city of Changsha are in line with the country’s standards, following allegations that pollution from the factory sickened children in nearby residences.
While the Shenzhen-based car manufacturer said emissions released by its facilities in Changsha “comply with national regulations and standards”, it admitted the factory may have caused odours in the neighbouring residential area, according to a statement released on Saturday on its official account on Weibo, a Chinese Twitter-like platform.
“The company has taken relevant measures, and is actively improving the situation,” said BYD, whose shareholders include Berkshire Hathaway run by US billionaire Warren Buffett. Online rumours alleging that its plant’s emissions caused nosebleeds were “malicious fabrication”, it said.
Hundreds of parents gathered outside BYD’s Changsha factory on Saturday, holding photos showing their children bleeding in the nose, while carrying banners, such as “BYD pollutes and harms us” and “we do not want to be polluted”, according to multiple Chinese videos and media reports.