BYD planning to sell its plug-in hybrid vehicle in Europe in 2012

Article by Christian Andrei, on October 3, 2010

Sometime in 2012, BYD Auto Co. will offer plug-in hybrid vehicles in Europe in partnership with German utility company RWE Effizienz GmbH. BYD will supply its F3DM plug-in hybrid and e6 electric vehicle while RWE’s role is to provide quick-charge stations.

In a statement, Yongping Chen, BYD Auto's Europe manager, said that BYD aims to bring its electric vehicles to Europe, and that its EVs will start selling “around 2012 in some countries.”

Chen said that BYD will offer hybrids and EVs in countries that give sales incentives for EVs, and where there are charging stations available. No confirmation has been given by these companies on which countries they plan to sell EVs to but they did confirm that they intend to produce an EV fleet for a trial program in Germany.

Notably, RWE maintains charging stations in Germany, Austria, the Netherlands, the United Kingdom and 12 other European countries.

The partners said that they will be establishing common standards for charging stations in Europe and China. RWE said that already, it has commissioned 450 rechargers in Germany that will utilize electricity generated from renewable sources.

The utility expects that by 2015, over 300,000 electric vehicles and plug-in hybrids will be driven on the roads of European cities.

Earlier this year, BYD launched the F3DM hybrid compact car and the e6 crossover EV in China. The F3DM is claimed to be able to sprint from 60 to 100km on its batteries alone. [via autonews - sub. required]

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