Lackluster Sales of First Plug-in Hybrid

Discussion in 'PHEV or Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicle' started by Right Lane Cruiser, Sep 23, 2009.

  1. Right Lane Cruiser

    Right Lane Cruiser Penguin of Notagascar

    [​IMG] BYD will reportedly start selling its plug-in hybrid in the United States in a couple of years.

    [FIMG=RIGHT][/FIMG]Kevin Bullis - ZIKKIR - September 19, 2009

    Is this due to lack of interest or the inner-city restrictions on lithium battery powered vehicles China has put into place? --Ed.

    At the end of last year, the Chinese automaker BYD became the first company to sell plug-in hybrids, a type of vehicle that could dramatically lower fuel consumption by allowing people to commute using electricity alone (an internal combustion engine would still provide power for long trips).

    Now supporters of the technology will be hoping that its performance on the market isn’t a harbinger of things to come. It’s been reported that over the eight months since, only 100 of these cars have been sold (via Green Car Congress), far less than an anticipated run of 3,000 to 4,000 vehicles.

    In the United States, the first plug-in hybrid will likely come from start-up Fisker Automotive later this year, followed by the much publicized Chevy Volt next year. GM, through its heavy marketing of the Volt, has staked a great deal of its reputation on the car. It’s expected to sell for $40,000-$45,000, and the Fisker vehicle–a luxury sedan–will sell for $87,900. The BYD vehicle hasn’t been able to sell its vehicles even though they’re much cheaper–about $22,000. Of course, we’re talking about different markets.

    All three of these vehicles have large battery packs capable of storing enough energy for over 40 miles of driving. Toyota, which this week unveiled a prototype of its own plug-in hybrid at the Frankfurt auto show, is trying a different strategy–its car will only provide about... [RM][/RM]
  2. Tochatihu

    Tochatihu Well-Known Member

    The F3DM has sold less so far in China than Prius and that's quite a strong statement :)

    Probably premature to count them out though. The boss of the company is now China's richest citizen, thanks to Buffett's stock investment.

    I saw their e6 on TV this morning - it is supposed to sell for about USD$43,000 equivalent (base model), 400 km electric range, 4 power train configurations (pure EV or increasing ICE sizes). The high voltage charge (380 v) was said to hit 75% SOC in 15 minutes.

    Q: is BYD the source of enginer's lithium batteries?

  3. brick

    brick Answers to "that guy."

    That's a nice looking HyundLexHondVMW they have there. (If nothing else, at least GM's designers seem to be awake these days.)

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