BYD's F3DM plug-in hybrid is already on sale in China, but that won't stop the Chinese automaker from trying to make a big splash with the PHEV in Detroit on Monday. BYD will unveil the car to the North American audience just before 11 am that day on the main floor of Cobo Hall. At that time, we're also being promised a look at the e6 electric CUV and more details on BYD's Fe lithium-iron battery and plug-in hybrid system. While we now know when we'll get our first look at these two vehicles in the metal, the date for US sales has been pushed back to 2011, so don't get too excited quite yet.

Whatever we see in Detroit in the next few days, it'll be more exciting than the static display of the F6DM half-car in the basement last year. We'll bring you all the details from BYD Monday morning.



[Source: BYD]

PRESS RELEASE:

BYD Auto To Unveil First Production Plug-In Hybrid Vehicle

DETROIT - BYD Auto Company, one of China's top independent automobile manufacturers and a world leader in green technology, will host a press conference at 10:50 a.m., Monday, January 12, at the North American International Auto Show at Detroit's Cobo Center.

BYD Auto will introduce several important new models that represent the company's strategic vision of "green tech for tomorrow," including the e6 electric crossover vehicle and the F3DM sedan, the first production plug-in hybrid vehicle.

BYD executives will provide details about the company's advanced Fe lithium-iron battery and its new Dual Mode (DM) plug-in hybrid system.

BYD Auto President Wang Chuanfu will be joined at the press conference by David Sokol, chairman of MidAmerican Energy Holdings. In September 2008, MidAmerican, a subsidiary of Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway, acquired a 10% stake in BYD Auto's parent company, BYD Company Ltd.

About BYD Auto
BYD Auto Company, based in Shenzhen, China, is emerging as a leader in pure electric and plug-in hybrid gasoline-electric vehicles, as well as advanced battery technology. It is a subsidiary of BYD Company Ltd., the world's second largest producer of rechargeable batteries and a supplier of IT components to Nokia, Motorola, Samsung and others. Information about BYD Auto is available at www.byd.com.

About MidAmerican Energy Holdings
MidAmerican Energy Holdings Company, based in Des Moines, Iowa, is a global provider of energy services. It is a subsidiary of Berkshire Hathaway. Through its energy-related business platforms, MidAmerican provides electric and natural gas service to more than 6.9 million customers worldwide. These business platforms are Pacific Power, Rocky Mountain Power and PacifiCorp Energy, which comprise PacifiCorp; MidAmerican Energy Company; CE Electric UK; Northern Natural Gas Company; Kern River Gas Transmission Company; and CalEnergy. Information about MidAmerican is available at www.midamerican.com.


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