PHOTO CAPTION: BYD Chairman Wang with MidAmerican Holdings David Sokol at 2009 NAIAS. Photo credit: EV

BYD Aims for 2011 North American Electric Car Sales

Chinese carmaker also plans eventual manufacture of vehicles in North America.

Published: 17-Jan-2009

OIT -- China's BYD Auto announced plans Monday to enter the US market in 2011 with a range of electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles.

It would likely be the first Chinese automaker to enter the highly-competitive US market and beat many established automakers in offering an extended-range electric vehicle to US consumers.

General Motors, Chrysler and Nissan are expected to be the first to introduce electric cars in small quantities to the United States in 2010.

Toyota expects to introduce a plug-in hybrid at the end of this year and a two-seater electric car in 2012.


The company is working with a number of vehicle manufacturers on the development of batteries for hybrid and electric vehicles and expects more announcements like this one to come.

With seating up of four people who use all the large muscle groups, the car can easily cruise at speeds of up to 20 mph.

ZAP is hoping to keep the MSRP at $30,000 for the Alias three-wheeler pictured here.


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