Nice! Please let this be the first cars to come to the US! Now I'd have a reason to put solar panels on my roof!
November 29, 2007 - BYD Auto Co. plans to start volume exports of its own-brand cars to U.S. and European markets in the second half of next year or early 2009, according to an Automotive News report.
The automaker says it will display plug-in hybrids and electric cars at the Detroit auto show in January. Both BYD and Chery have bold intentions to enter the United States. But the safety and emissions standards are stiff, and the automakers are small with inexperienced engineers and marketers.
BYD Auto, based in Shenzhen, has a history of brash predictions. For instance, BYD Auto has said it will be China’s biggest-selling automaker by 2015. But this year its sales will reach about 100,000, about one-half the production of one assembly plant in the United States.
The company sells gasoline-powered cars now but is targeting hybrids and battery-powered cars. Its parent company, BYD Co., is a leading rechargeable battery maker in the global market.
The company plans to produce a plug-in hybrid model in the second half of 2008 and bring purely electric-powered cars to market in 2009.
BYD Auto makes startling claims about its hybrids. The company says its first plug-in hybrid, the F6DM, will have a range of 267 miles (430 kilometers) on one tank of fuel, with a maximum speed of about 99 mph (160 kph). The car will be able to go 62 miles (100 kilometers) powered by batteries alone, the company says.
BYD Auto says that the battery pack can be recharged about 2,000 times, sufficient for seven to 10 years of operation. It needs nine hours for a full recharge by home power but only about 10 minutes for a 50 percent recharge with a special power station.
Xia says the F6DM may sell for about 200,000 yuan ($26,700).
The company hasn’t announced details about its planned electric cars. The company says its battery and hybrid cars are powered by a type of lithium-based battery called lithium iron phosphate.
A source at a company also working on batteries in China — and a competitor of BYD’s — said lithium iron phosphate batteries have various problems. They are heavy, costly and difficult to mass-produce with consistent quality.
source: edmunds.comTucked away in the lower level of Cobo Center, tiny BYD Auto is already displaying a plug-in hybrid, the F6DM (for dual-mode). The midsize sedan, which was unveiled in November at the Guangzhou auto show in China, is powered by a new low-cost battery developed by BYD.
BYD's parent company is one of the world's largest makers of cell-phone batteries.
The F6DM reportedly can be driven about 60 miles in electric mode and nearly 270 miles by using the gasoline engine as a generator to charge the battery pack. Top speed is 100 mph. BYD said the batteries can be recharged to 70 percent of capacity in just 10 minutes.
The company plans to begin building and selling a version of the F6DM in China in late 2008. It has no plans to market the plug-in hybrids in North America until after 2010.
source: Automotive News ChinaApril 03, 2008 - BYD Auto Co., the Chinese automaker that made its European debut at this year's Geneva auto show, wants to sell its cars in Europe by 2010, starting with hybrid models. BYD also is considering building cars in Europe.
The company's president, Wang Chuanfu, told Automotive News Europe at the Geneva show that he sees great potential for gasoline-electric hybrids in Europe.
"Savings on running costs are higher than in China because of high European fuel prices," he said. Hybrids use gasoline and electric motors to power the wheels.
Wang said he was surprised by reactions to BYD at the show.
"Europe is conservative and not very open in terms of new brands," he said. "But on the other hand, the emphasis in Europe is on the environment. So we will first bring our hybrid models to Europe. Start of sales in 2010 would be ideal."
BYD, which was established five years ago by the BYD Group, has used its expertise in mobile-phone batteries to develop rechargeable gasoline-electric vehicles that it expects to eventually compete with plug-in hybrids from General Motors and Toyota. Unlike its larger rivals, BYD's dual-mode plug-in hybrid uses ferrous battery technology.
BYD is in talks with several European car distributors.
One of the most interesting concepts presented byd in Beijing Automobile Chamber is the e6 Elec, a mid-size people carrier driven with an electric motor completely. It must be remembered that this manufacturer and plans to launch the F6 with mechanical hybrid.
With a design reminiscent quite Honda Odyssey in its front e6 Elec notable for the work completely with batteries and also get a range of 300 km, a very high figure that so far few manufacturers had succeeded. Totally clean environment, the fuel cell developed allows a load quickly and efficiently in less time, because in 15 minutes to load 80%.
Best of all, it generates good performance and is capable of reaching 100 km / h from standing in 10 seconds and exceed 160 km / h speed limit. The batteries have been tested in all types of conditions to be safe under all circumstances and are located at the bottom of the rear seats, which are more protected in the event of a collision. It is a fairly advanced model that could reach into series production in just two years.
When Auto China (a.k.a. the Beijing Motor Show) opens next week, BYD will pull the wraps off its e6, an EV crossover/MPV with a front end similar in appearance to the JDM Honda Odyssey. Unlike Honda's people-mover, the e6 runs exclusively on batteries. Its operating range is stated as being 300 km (186 miles) on a full charge. Said batteries, we're assuming they're lithium-ion (the translation from Autoblog Chinese is a little dodgy), can be charged via a 220V outlet. If a quick-charger is used (details of which are not yet available), 15 minutes gets the driver an 80% charge. A completely respectable zero-to-100 km/h (62 mpg) time of ten seconds is achievable, along with a maximum speed of 160 km/h (99 mph). The e6 battery pack lives under the rear seats, where BYD says provides they're well-protected in the event of a crash. BYD says that the e6 could go into production within two years. We'll look for more updates when the show gets underway.