Inside the e6
While the numbers people attending the 2010 Berkshire Hathaway shareholder meeting in Omaha seemed lower than last year, that wasn't the case around the BYD exhibit area at the Qwest Center. This year the company displayed updated versions of the e6 all-electric car and the F3DM dual-mode, plug-in hybrid. With hundreds of people wanting to get a look at the cars, again it was impossible to take photos of the cars, themselves.
EV World's publisher did, however, get to talk with several representatives of both BYD and MidAmerican, the Berkshire unit that actually invested in the Chinese battery, solar PV and carmaker. We also briefly got to speak with the company founder Mr. Wang Chaunfu, before he was hustled off by his handlers.
What we learned, which is not conveyed in the above impromptu video, is that MidAmerican has backed away from its interest in using BYD batteries for back-up energy storage, essentially, I was told, because BYD is focusing its battery manufacturing efforts on the automotive sector more than on the utility side.
As for public interest in the cars on display this year, most appeared curious at least and one shareholder enthusiastically told EV World that she can't wait to buy the car when it becomes available, which will happen in 2012.
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