China Radio International (CRI). Shenzhen, China-based BYD Auto has sold 80 units of its F3DM (dual-mode) plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (earlier post), 20 of them to the Shenzhen government. The remainder are in use by China Construction Bank’s Shenzhen branch.
Targeting such price-insensitive buyers was part of the preliminary sales plan, according to Wang Chuanfu, president of BYD Auto. However, ongoing group orders have not materialized.
Apart from the high price of the vehicle, BYD attributed the results to a lack of charging stations, no supporting policies in this area and a stagnant auto market. Other concerns include the battery pack itself.
...battery charging will take nine hours if using a household power supply...Battery quality is also a concern. According to sources, the Fe battery groups usually see high defective rates since it is difficult to ensure all the batteries are produced using the same procedure and the same materials.
Although BYD claimed that their F3DM’s can travel 100 km purely on battery, doubts have also been raised, saying the announced coverage figure is based on the test at a constant low speed of 50 km/h (31 mph) and such batteries can not support them in daily use.