China Drives Towards Electric Cars Despite Economic Turn-down
BEIJING, Jan. 22 (Xinhua) -- The launch of the world's first commercialized plug-in hybrid electric car at the Detroit auto show again put in the limelight China's unremitting efforts to develop a sustainable and environmentally-friendly economy.
Chinese car-manufacturer BYD Auto's launching of a range of electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles, which lured more than 1,000 journalists and industry insiders at the main floor of the ongoingDetroit show, may have changed a bit the world's perception that Chinese products, including their cars, are low-end.
One of BYD's e-cars, the "e6", can travel up to 250 miles (over402 km) purely on battery, more than double the range its Western rivals can on a single charge. The BYD's innovative battery used in its dual mode cars can fully charge in nine hours from a regular electrical outlet, or much faster at charging stations.
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BYD will begin by selling the e6 directly to US fleet customers before developing a dealership network.
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