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Old 10-25-2012, 12:57 PM   #41
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China's BYD sending electric taxis to London

Chinese automaker BYD Co. is sending 50 electric cabs to London in a boost to China's struggling makers of all-electric vehicles.

BYD and cab company Green Tomato Cars Ltd. announced this week they will start trial use of 50 of BYD's e6 sedans in late 2013. They said it will be the British capital's first all-electric fleet.

BYD, one of whose investors is Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway Corp., is seen by industry analysts as China's most advanced competitor in the infant electric vehicle industry.

The company has supplied 300 electric taxis and 200 electric buses used in the southern city of Shenzhen. It says the e6 can travel 180 miles on one charge.

BYD said it was supported in the London taxi venture by London & Partners, an agency set up by Mayor Boris Johnson to promote the city.

A Green Tomato Cars statement cited Johnson as saying promoting electric vehicles would help London achieve a government goal of making its taxis and minicabs zero-emissions by 2020.

China's government has promoted development of electric and hybrid auto technology with grants and other support to its auto industry but sales have been disappointing.

China's electric vehicle sales are falling behind the United States and Japan, according to McKinsey & Co. The consulting firm reported this week that sales of all-electric autos in China fell 31 percent in the second quarter to just 235 vehicles, compared with a 28 percent increase in the United States to 7,931 units.

That is well below the Chinese government's 2009 target of annual sales of 500,000 electric and hybrid vehicles by 2015, just three years from now.

McKinsey said China might be more successful if it de-emphasized all-electric vehicles and focused on developing hybrids that also have small internal combustion engines. That could help to reduce "range anxiety" fears a car might run out of power, leaving the driver stranded.

The Chinese government has given signs it might be making such a change. A Cabinet statement earlier this year on auto policy affirmed support for electric vehicles but also broadened the industry's goals by calling for development of non-plug-in hybrids and more efficient gasoline engines.

BYD said in August its first-half profit plunged 94 percent to $2.5 million due to China's economic slowdown and tougher competition in the world's biggest auto market.
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Old 10-28-2012, 10:31 AM   #42
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Interesting that they have to look abroad to find new customers. I believe the electric BYD E6 is not yet available to the general public in China. Only taxis and some government officials can get them. Correct me if I'm wrong.
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BYD launches electric taxi fleet in Hong Kong and London

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Old 02-29-2016, 01:03 PM   #44
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BYD plug in sales grow globally, but US future remains cloudy

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Coming off a year where it leapfrogged Tesla Motors in global electric vehicle sales, China-based BYD isn't shy about touting its green-vehicle technology and growing popularity. When it comes to specifics about when Americans can expect to see the company's plug-in vehicles en masse, however, the company is making about as much noise as an electric vehicle. It's being awfully quiet, in other words.

Last year, BYD more than doubled its global plug-in vehicle sales to almost 62,000 vehicles. By comparison, Tesla delivered 50,580 vehicles in 2015. The difference is about half of those Teslas were sold in the US, which accounted for a smattering of BYD electric vehicles earmarked specifically for fleet use. Indeed, most of BYD's plug-in models such as the e6 and the Qin were sold in China.

Talk to BYD, and the issues stem largely from a US government-backed effort towards plug-in vehicle adoption that pales in comparison to China. BYD America Vice President Michael Austin says that the $7,500 tax credit provided by the US federal government is insufficient if there isn't support from the federal and local governments in the form of more charging infrastructure. He notes that about 80 BYD e6 electric vehicles have been imported to the US, with about 50 of those brought to New York for taxi and ride-hailing purposes.

"Right now, we really don't have parts and distribution or consumer warranty service, and we don't have a dealer network," said Austin. "It's easier to service fleets."

Granted, BYD's aspirations for US passenger vehicle sales are nothing new. The company opened its North American headquarters in Los Angeles in October 2011, announcing at the time that it would supply electric buses to shuttle Hertz Car Rental customers at Los Angeles International Airport and making plans to sell both an electric sedan and an electric SUV in the US.

Such passenger-vehicle plans have failed to materialize, however, as BYD has since made a far larger mark selling its electric buses to municipalities such as Los Angeles and Long Beach, California. BYD's investors include US financier Warren Buffett.

Notably, BYD isn't the only company making noise about China-built plug-ins being imported to the US. Earlier this year, General Motors said its Cadillac CT6 sedan, which will include both gas-powered and plug-in hybrid variants, would be built in China. GM benefits from an existing partnership with China's SAIC and has cited the Chinese government's support for new-energy vehicle powertrain production as well as the expectation of strong China sales as reasons for building the model overseas.

"There's just no denying the increased presence and influence of the China's auto industry on the (US) market," said Kelley Blue Book senior analyst Karl Brauer. "There are still some obstacles to overcome, but I still think (BYD is) well-funded, and they're going to keep researching the process to get through the regulatory procedures.

BYD has said its e6 can go as far as 186 miles on a single charge, putting it at about the halfway point between the ranges of the high-end Tesla and the more affordable Nissan Leaf. As a result, while no clearer about forecasting a mass influx of BYD passenger plug-in vehicles, Austin was no less confident about BYD's prospects of making an impact on the US plug-in vehicle market.

"All I can say is that we're absolutely committed to bringing our fantastic design to the US," said Austin, noting that plug-in models such as BYD's Qin can go from 0 to 60 miles per hour in about five seconds. "If I brought that model to the US, it'd be a game-changer."
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In the same context:

http://ev-sales.blogspot.in/2016/01/...5-special.html
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BYD introduces biggest e-taxi fleet in Southeast Asia

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BYD unveiled DM-i super hybrid technology
https://cnevpost.com/2021/01/12/byd-...id-technology/

At the beginning three models will be offered with this technology: BYD Qin PLUS, Song PLUS and Tang.

In Chinese:
https://www.autohome.com.cn/tech/202...areaid=3311309


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