Not long ago we spoke about Chinese manufacturer BYD putting hybrid and electric cars on sale. The chosen model was the F6 but things have changed. According to China Car Times, the new chosen model is the smaller F3 - and it will go on sale earlier than expected. Therefore, the F3DM (Dual Mode) plug-in hybrid is expected to be on sale before the end of this year. The F3DM uses proprietary batteries which use lithium-ion iron phosphate iron instead than lithium. According to the manufacturer, these batteries offer a lifespan of 10 years or 600,000 km. BYD is also claiming the F3DM can run up to 100 km (62 miles) on batteries alone. BYD also announced a very interesting feature: the F3DM's batteries can be recharged up to 50 percent in 10 minutes with a special charger. You can get a full charge at home in 7 hours.

[Source: China Car Times]

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