Can GM beat Chinese BYD as global electric-car leader? It plans to try

Can GM beat Chinese BYD as global electric-car leader? It plans to try

The automaker that sold the most plug-in electric cars last year wasn't a U.S., Japanese, or European firm. It was BYD, the Chinese carmaker notably backed by Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway. BYD sold just over 60,000 battery-electric cars and plug-in hybrids last year, with the vast majority... read more

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2016 BYD Tang plug-in hybrid SUV, made in China

BYD electric-car sales may triple this year, Chinese maker says

China's BYD eked out a global victory in electric-car sales last year, selling more plug-in cars than BMW, General Motors, Nissan, Renault, or Tesla. The company delivered... read more March 30, 2016 by

BYD London double-decker bus

First all-electric London double-decker bus in service; made in China by BYD

When it comes to buses, few are more recognizable than London's iconic double deckers. And now these distinctive vehicles are going electric. Transport for London (TfL), the... read more March 18, 2016 by

2016 BYD Tang plug-in hybrid SUV, made in China

Who Sold The Most Plug-In Electric Cars In 2015? (It's Not Tesla Or Nissan)

Five years after the Nissan Leaf and Chevy Volt first went on sale, plug-in vehicles represent slightly less than 1 percent of U.S. new-car deliveries. With about 200,000... read more January 15, 2016 by

BYD Yuan. Photo by Indian Autos Blog.

China's BYD Yuan Plug-In Hybrid Mini-SUV: Styling Stolen From Ford?

China is now the world's largest car market, and when it comes to the country's domestic auto industry, quantity often seems to trump quality. Chinese cars generally don't... read more April 28, 2015 by

BYD e6 electric taxi in service in Shenzhen, China

BYD Doubles Down On Electric Car, Bus Investment For China

Despite several years of early disinterest from consumers, sales of both hybrids and plug-in electric cars in China are on the rise. Aggressive government incentives in some... read more March 18, 2015 by

Chinese battery electric crossover: BYD e6 test drive, Los Angeles, May 2012

UberX Drivers To Test BYD e6 Chinese Electric Cars In Chicago

The BYD e6 wagon is the battery-electric car that never quite made it onto the U.S. market. Despite various plans and announcements over the last five years, the e6 was never... read more March 16, 2015 by

2016 BYD Tang plug-in hybrid SUV, made in China

2016 BYD Tang: Plug-In Hybrid SUV Is First Of Four To Come

It's been more than six years since fabled investor Warren Buffet bought 10 percent of BYD Autos, one of the few independent Chinese automakers. At that time, the company had... read more January 29, 2015 by

BYD Qin plug-in hybrid in showroom in Costa Rica

BYD's Rising Electric-Car Sales Swamped By Falling Gas Models

Chinese automaker BYD was the first car company in the world to put a plug-in hybrid passenger car into production, a couple of years before the Chevrolet Volt range-extended... read more August 28, 2014 by

BYD K9 All-Electric Bus, as tested in Portland OR

Portland Tests BYD K9 All-Electric Passenger Bus: Quick Ride

If Warren Buffett needed to catch a ride across town, we suspect he might do it exactly the way that we did this past week: in an all-electric BYD bus. Buffett’s... read more June 23, 2014 by

Proterra electric bus

Proterra Electric Bus Travels 700 Miles In 24 Hours With Regular Recharging

While electric cars make headlines, a number of electric buses have silently made their way onto U.S. city streets as well--and they're proving that they can go the distance... read more May 10, 2014 by

BYD electric buses

BYD's Long Beach, CA, Electric-Bus Deal On Indefinite Hold Now

Has California's dream of zero-emission electric transit buses turned into something more akin to a nightmare? A deal under which the city of Long Beach would buy 15 electric... read more April 1, 2014 by

BYD electric buses

Feds Block Purchase Of Chinese BYD Electric Buses In Long Beach

Plans by the California city of Long Beach to purchase BYD electric transit buses has hit another speed bump. The Federal Transit Administration (FTA) may block the purchase... read more March 11, 2014 by

BYD electric buses

BYD Electric Transit Bus Delivers 155 Miles Of Range In Quebec Test

While its U.S. operations are facing some challenges, BYD's electric bus has been racking up test miles on Canadian roads. Canadian transit agencies have completed the first... read more February 2, 2014 by

BYD Qin plug-in hybrid in showroom in Costa Rica

BYD Qin Plug-In Hybrid Now On Sale In Costa Rica

Want to drive a Chinese car--and a plug-in hybrid at that? There are none offered for sale in the U.S. or Canada yet, but if you happen to be on vacation in Costa Rica--or... read more December 9, 2013 by

BYD electric buses

BYD Fined Over Wages On CA Electric-Bus Project Jobs

California's dream of BYD electric buses may be starting to head toward nightmare territory. The state aggressively courted the Chinese electric-car maker, hoping it would... read more October 29, 2013 by


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