BYD at NAIAS 2009 - Click above for high-res image gallery
Last year, Chinese automaker BYD displayed vehicles like the F6DM and F3DM plug-in hybrids (the DM stands for dual mode) at the Detroit Auto Show. Next month, BYD (Build Your Dreams) will bring the all-electric E6 to Cobo Hall, along with the F3DM again.
BYD's second (sorry, third) appearance at the NAIAS is all part of its move to the U.S. BYD said its first entry in the U.S. market will probably be to sell its first electric vehicle – the E6 CUV – in the Los Angeles area late next year (some reports say May 2010) and might set up its U.S. HQ there as well. The E6 could cost around $40,000 and is supposed to be able to go up to 186 miles per charge. The F3DM has an all-electric range of 62 miles and sells for around $21,700 in China.