We told you the other day about
reports that Chinese automaker BYD was planning to introduce a hybrid car
to the Chinese market int 2008. It now appears that they might be planning to go all the way, as it were, and build a full battery
. China Car Times is reporting that In addition to the F6DM
, there will be an F6E plug-in sedan. BYD is claiming to have developed their own battery, the "first" in the world using iron. No doubt A123 and EnerDel will both be surprised to hear this as both are producing lithium iron phosphate batteries. It looks like the F6E will be relegated to Chinese market for the time being so we'll be able to judge from a safe distance how well BYD has progressed on battery development. In the meantime, BYD is one of five Chinese manufacturers that will be displaying their wares the at
Detroit Auto Show
next January so maybe we can find out more at that time.
[Source: China Car Times, thanks to Ash for the tip]