China Mass Producing It’s First Hybrid Automobile

December 17, 2008

China (ChattahBox) – In an attempt to lead the effort on green living, China has released their first mass produced hybrid vehicle. The car is made by BYD Auto, a Chinese company backed by American Warren Buffett, who owns 9.9 percent of the firm.

The F3DM is the first plug-in hybrid car that has ever been released for mass production, making it the first real step to efficient green transportation. Not only can it be plugged in at special stations that will be placed strategically throughout China, but citizens will be able to charge their cars at home for the first time, adding convenience to the list as well

“Through the F3DM dual-mode electric vehicle, BYD will grab a head-start in the new energy automobile market,” Wang Chuanfu, president of BYD, the company responsible for the F3DM said Monday.

While it’s sure to be a slow market as these hybrid cars are tested and rated, it’s a clear indication of how serious the world is becoming about saving the environment. More details on the car itself are scheduled to be released soon. BYD’s hybrid car, which can run 100 kilometres (62 miles) on a full battery, will cost just under 150,000 yuan (22,000 dollars). Exports to the United States could begin from 2010, according to the report.


One Response to “China Mass Producing It’s First Hybrid Automobile”

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    […] (ChattahBox) – With the release earlier this month of the first mass produced hybrid vehicle in Asia, it’s clear that the US is falling behind on the production of green-friendly automobiles. […]

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