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Looks like DM might stand for "done model."

Back in December of 2010, BYD Motors and the Housing Authority of the City of Los Angeles (HACLA) inked a deal to try out the automaker's dual-mode F3DM plug-in hybrid, testing the vehicle in advance of its scheduled 2012 U.S. launch. The test is designed to get a feel for how the vehicle does in the U.S., because BYD aims to sell "tens of thousands" of F3DMs here in the States by the end of 2012. It could do so if it manages to offer the plug-in hybrid sedan at its target base price of $28,800.

2009 BYD F3DM – Click above for high-res image gallery

2009 BYD F3DM - Click above for high-res image gallery

2009 BYD F3DM - Click above for high-res image gallery

Click above for high-res gallery of the BYD F3DM

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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

Every major automaker glommed onto the Chinese market as its last best hope for growth when the previously-untapped market suddenly started buying cars. However, all of those operations are partnerships with local Chinese companies and those companies have been trying to learn the car business from the established players. Everyone's biggest fear has been that the Chinese would reach a point where they no longer needed the partnerships. In the last couple of decades, Chinese companies have taken

The first mass-produced plug-in hybrid from a Chinese company, the F3DM from BYD, goes on sale today. You can get it in China for the equivalent of $20,000 today, or wait until 2011 and buy one here in the US. The F3DM (the DM stands for "dual mode") uses a ferrous battery and can go 60 miles in electric-only mode. BYD expects to sell 10,000 units next year.

Although mocked by some competitors, BYD continues to shout about deployment of its alternative powertrains. As we mentioned recently, BYD has everything ready to produce and sell all-electric and plug-in versions of the F3 sedan. According to Gasgoo, this was confirmed by the Chinese Ministry of Industry and Information Technologies. The vehicle's specifications remain unchanged: 109 km (about 70 miles) of all-electric range thanks to its lithium-ion iron phosphate batteries that are mated to a

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, th

Oregonian politicians, including Governor Ted Kulongoski, have met with BYD Auto representatives in a bid to persuade the Chinese automaker to use Portland, Oregon as a home for its North American headquarters, distribution hub, and possibly even a site for vehicle manufacturing. Eventually. For now, BYD wants to sell its hybrid and electric cars in North America and is casting about for a place to set up shop to accomplish that. Portland has the advantage of being on the coast closest to China