BYD Sets Sights on Tripling Electric Car Sales

Goal for 2013 is to sell 6,000 e6 electric autos and 2,000 electric k9 electric buses.

Published: 25-Feb-2013

China’s BYD (Build Your Dreams) carmaker is betting on being able to more than triple its electric vehicle sales this year to more than 8,000 vehicles, including more than 2,000 electric buses.

The rest will be mainly aimed at the taxi cab industry. Last year, the Warren Buffett-backed company sold just 1,700 electric cars and 700 electric buses.

"We feel that the use of electric vehicles in public transport is the first step and a more realistic way to promote and popularize the products," Liu Xueliang, general manager for Asia-Pacific vehicle sales at BYD, told the Wall Street Journal during a tour of the company’s production facilities in southern China.



First pure electric city bus to be deployed in Espoo city, outside of Helsinki.

BYD e6 electric crossover is already available for rental from Hertz in Shenzhen, China, BYD's home city.

The New York Times reports that the BYD e6 could enter Hertz’s NYC fleet by the end of this year.

BYD Qin electric hybrid concept.

Qin concept will run 50 km on 10kWh, an improvement over the earlier F3DM, and is named in honor of China's first dynasty.


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