PHOTO CAPTION: BYD F3DM is extended-range electric car.

BYD to Begin Consumer Sales of Plug-in Sedan

Sales of F3DM electric car to individual customers starts in September 2009.

Published: 17-Jun-2009

Shanghai -- BYD Auto said yesterday that it has decided to sell its F3DM electric car to individual customers starting September this year, Beijing Times reported. Before that time, the F3DM sedan is sold only to corporate customers.

BYD Auto, a subsidiary of BYD Co, has started a nationwide marketing tour to promote its plug-in hybrid F3DM sedan. BYD's F3DM (dual mode) compact sedan is a plug-in hybrid that uses the company's lithium-ion batteries as well as power from charging stations or power outlets.

The BYD F3DM vehicle is the world's first new-energy car model that doesn't reply on the professional charging station for power. The electric mode can make the BYD sedan run 100km/h, with a peak of 160km/h. The car can be recharged 50% in 10 minutes at BYD's charging station, and 100% in nine hours by a household power outlet.


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