• Mar 18, 2010
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BYD, as we know, stands for Build Your Dreams. But, if your dreams include electric vehicles (EVs), there might not be too much building going on.

According to a report in Bloomberg citing the South China Morning Post, the Chinese automaker has scrapped plans to begin mass production of electric cars this summer. The company has an order for 100 all-electric e6 cars that will be used as taxis in Shenzhen, some of which have already gone into service. If, and here's the kicker, those taxis perform well, then more vehicles may be produced, according to the report. A BYD spokesman said in late February that e6 production would not be delayed, though, so there's some hope still. Maybe. We've asked the company for an updated statement on the matter.

As far as we know, the EV partnership between BYD and Daimler remains a go. Still, anyone waiting for the e6 to become available here in the U.S. this year, well, they might be dreaming.



[Source: Bloomberg]


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      • 4 Years Ago
      Oil prices are still too cheap for EVs to compete. For the near future, they will remain niche vehicle. The recession has kept oil prices relatively low. However, the fact that $81/barrel is now considered low should really tell you something. EVs will just have to wait a little bit.

      HEVs will continue to grow strongly though.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I think you are wrong . . . they are for EVs. Look, what Buffet said:
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        Goetgeluk asked what Buffett thought of the peak oil theory — that oil production has peaked and will only decline in the future — and what he believed would replace carbon fuel.

        Buffett told him that in 20 years, he believes all the cars on the road will be electric. He's already invested in a Chinese company working on the technology to make it happen.
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        http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/headline/biz/6732239.html

        "All" is an exaggeration but his view is clear.

        I think stationary applications will use cheaper technologies like lead-carbon.
        • 4 Years Ago
        It is a long term investment but it is long term for cheap lithium iron batteries not EV's. Buffet is fine letting people believe it is for EV's but it is not. Cheap long lasting batteries have a larger potential in immediate growth and long term growth than EV's
      • 4 Years Ago
      I predicted this months ago based on the specs of the BYD e6. A 48 kWh battery pack is enormous and thus hugely expensive! BYD batteries *could* give it to BYD automotive at an arbitrarily low price, but obviously someone balked at the opportunity cost vs. selling batteries on the open market, and settled for greenwashing in tiny numbers.

      It's a shame, aggressive Chinese production would really drive down prices of all BEV components, including $3000 home chargers as well as motors and controllers.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I'm beginning to think that Warren Buffet's investment in BYD is more a short term stock market play than the long term "buy and hold" investments that he is known for.

      Accoding to this article, he already has made a 500% profit:

      http://www.chinastakes.com/2009/9/warren-buffets-500-return-from-byd-the-show-just-begun.html

      There is no way a company that hasn't manufactured any electric cars in its native China can just start selling cars in the US. Buffet or not.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Buffet invested for the cheap batteries BYD makes not for EV's. He has a huge power company Midland America with little subsidiaries power corps like PGE here in Portland. He wants to buy cheap BYD batteries for his electric corps to store wind and solar energy. From what I have read BYD is selling China's number one gas burning vehicle right now. Business is good in the ICE auto market so BYD is fine with not binging a EV to market.
        • 4 Years Ago
        No, it is a long term investment. Just like his investment in railroads. Rising oil prices will make both railroads and EVs the future in transport.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Interesting that another of the current articles on autoblog asks the question, "How will apartment dwellers charge an EV"? The range anxiety, charging challenges and cost will make EV's niche vehicles for quite a while. Hopefully battery improvements will lower prices and increase capacity until over time the range and cost become non-issues. The problem of charging stations and other infra-structure issues will then become worth solving. In the meantime, hybrids are a good compromise and fortunately we have more and more hybrid choices each year.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Bad for us, nissan has no competition, I think I just heard the leafs price go up.
      • 4 Years Ago
      BYD, L... Build Your Dream, Later. Better late than never. Those guys from Car and Driver that reviewed the car a year ago were probably right when they said, "we go faster in our driveways".

      It is to hard to build EV's, gas cars are so much easier.
        • 4 Years Ago
        The dream in 2008 vs. what they said in 2009 at the NAIAS vs. the continuing dream in 2010:

        Range: 400 km -> 330 km -> ??
        Battery pack: ?? (400 km at 18kWh per 100 km implies a 72+ kWh battery pack!!!!) -> 48 kWh
        0-60 mph: less than 8 seconds -> 9.2 seconds -> 14 seconds
        Top speed: 100 mph -> 87 mph

        The initial specs for the BYD e6 were so optimistic, I'm sure BYD knew they were lying. Shame on BYD, now STFU and Build A Reality.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I still haven't seen anything addressing quality or safety concerning BYD product. In theory, I like them entering the EV market. If that means an unsafe EV I'm willing to let them practice on ICE.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Well, to be sold here they have to pass our crash tests, so safety will be addressed. I don't expect them to be sold here for a few years.
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