Feb 8th, 2009 at
4:39 pm /
BYD, the Chinese company that makes 65% of the world’s nickel-cadmium batteries and 30% of the world’s lithium-ion mobile phone batteries, has ambitious plans for hybrid and electric automobiles.
According to the official site, BYD is targeting 2011 to get the F3DM into the United States. Now, BYD is working hard on building its cars to suit American drivers’ tastes. “BYD’s information technology division has been in business in the U.S. for 10 years. We understand Americans’ concerns about safety and quality. So in designing this car for the U.S. market, we will certainly meet these requirements,” BYD’s principal says. For now, BYD will focus on China’s domestic market. Priced at about $22,000 each, the cars are a bit pricey for average consumers, so BYD will first aim at government and corporate buyers.