WSJ. BYD Auto plans to introduce a mass-market electric vehicle in China in about two years. The BYD e6 vehicle has a projected range of 300 km (186 miles) on a single charge. BYD plans to bring the same car to North America and Europe eventually.
BYD Chairman Chuanfu Wang said the BYD e6 electric car, due to be unveiled to the media Sunday at the Beijing auto show, will hit the Chinese market around 2009 or 2010.
BYD has already unveiled two plug-in hybrid models: the F6DM (Dual Mode, for EV and HEV) and the F3DM. (Earlier post.)
BYD Auto is a subsidiary of China-based BYD Group, the leading provider of NiCd batteries (65% global market share) and lithium-ion cell phone batteries (30% global market share). The company is developing its own large format lithium ion iron phosphate batteries for use in hybrids and electric vehicles. BYD is also designing the motors, control systems and software for the DM technology.