BYD Auto Company plans to enter the U.S. market in 2011. One of China’s top independent automobile manufacturers and a world leader in green technology will bring a range of pure electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles. At the press conference of the North American International Auto Show at Detroit’s, BYD Chairman and President Wang Chuanfu also said “when it is appropriate.” the company plans to set up manufacturing facilities in the U.S..
Two products that will be future lineup are the F3DM and e6 EV. The F3DM is the world’s first mass-produced plug-in hybrid sedan. While with the e6 EV you will charge periodictly at range of up to 250 miles on a single charge and making you feel comfortable in a mid-size five-passenger crossover vehicle.
As the biggest battery producer globaly BYD has its own batery that used in the e6 electric crossover vehicle, as well as BYD’s new Dual Mode family of plug-in hybrid vehicles, including the compact F3DM sedan and the mid-size F6DM sedan, which can run in either pure-electric or hybrid-electric mode. They are extremely safe, environmentally friendly and affordable. It can be quick-charged to 50% of capacity in only 10 minutes, and will have a life cycle of more than 10 years.
At the Detroit conference, Wang was joined by David Sokol, chairman of MidAmerican Energy Holdings, the energy wing of Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway, which last fall acquired a 10% stake in BYD Auto’s parent company, BYD Company Ltd.
Sokol said, “We are working with BYD on developing charging technologies and infrastructure that would help promote plug-in hybrid and all-electric vehicles. For the electric-vehicle market to mature, the underlying charging infrastructure and technologies must mature at least simultaneously, if not first. Perhaps like no other corporate entity in the world, we are in a position to help make that happen.”
Sokol, who is a member of BYD’s board of directors, also said MidAmerican Energy Holdings is working with BYD on demonstration projects that will allow the partners to store energy from such renewable sources as wind and solar, to be deployed into the grid when needed.