Plug in CarDecember 17, 2008 at 9:13 pm | Posted in Economoney, Technology, Transportation | Leave a comment
So – which is the first company to make a hybrid car that you can plug in to recharge at home? GM? Toyota?
Nope. BYD. Huh? They’re made in Shenzhen, China, near Hong Kong. The factory didn’t exist 15 months ago. 30 years ago, Shenzhen was a fishing town of some 70,000 people. Today, there’s 14 million inhabitants.
BYD has 7 huge plants employing 130,000 people. They have a history in batteries- indeed they apparently make 1/3 of the worlds cell phone batteries. 6 years ago, they bought two car firms and are now rolling out the F3DM. The BBC used the words “exceptional acceleration”.
They plan to bring them to America in 2010. The Governor of Oregon has already been there to pave the way.
And we’re thinking of bailing out the automakers? As several films have documented, they dropped the ball years ago, pulling the EV-1 and introducing the Hummer.