In a statement that could be cause for some concern, BYD Chairman Wang Chuanfu appears to be hedging on the pricing and distribution of the company’s flagship e6 electric vehicle within the United States market. The Wall Street Journal has reported that there are still many questions regarding the initial product introduction and whether the e6 will succeed in gaining a following within the United States. Read this article for more details.
BYD is likely to select the Los Angeles market as its entry point for the all-electric e6 model according to an article in the Wall Street Journal. The selection of Southern California for the product introduction makes a great deal of sense given the high density of the region, concerns about air pollution, and the possibility that the car will be adopted by Hollywood celebrities. Read this article for more details.
BYD Chairman Wang Chuanfu is actively seeking commitments from the Chinese government to subsidize purchases of all-electric automobiles such as the e6 sedan as well as plug-in hybrids such as the F3DM model. While BYD has made some progress selling its plug-in hybrid F3DMvehicle to fleet customers, the cost has proven to be prohibitively high for private consumers in China. Read this article for more details.
The Wall Street Journal reported today that BYD plans to offer its most advanced electric car, the e6 model, in the United States in 2010 which is a year ahead of the company’s prior plans. BYD’s e6 sedan has been covered on The Rational Walk in some detail over the past few months. Read this article for more details.
I found an interesting video interview with Bill Ford that is applicable to recent articles on this site regarding electric vehicle technologies. Ever since Berkshire Hathaway announced its investment in BYD, I have tried to follow developments in the industry. BYD’s new e6 electric car appears to be a breakthrough in terms of performance and range. Since I posted a number of videos of BYD’s founder Wang Chuanfu, it seems appropriate to post Bill Ford’s view of the industry as well which appears in the video in this article.