A recent report out of China cites documentation that major battery supplier BYD intends to raise the prices of its lithium battery cells by at least 20% beginning November 1. BYD notes market changes surrounding the limits of raw materials for lithium batteries as the reason for the price hike. With global supply chains stifled, BYD will need to up the price of its battery cells to compensate for its own comprehensive price increases.
BYD Stories October 26
BYD Stories October 6
EV manufacturer BYD has announced a strategic collaboration with Levo – a joint venture between Fleet as a Service (FaaS) provider Nuvve, and capital investors Stonepeak, and Evolve. As part of the collaboration, BYD will implement Levo’s technology and capital to offer fully financed medium and heavy-duty BYD commercial EVs.
BYD Stories September 20
Following a Zero-Emission Bus Summit in the UK, London mayor Sadiq Khan announced that all new buses ordered by Transport for London (TfL) will be electric moving forward. The new policy falls in line with the UK capital’s previously set goal of making its entire bus fleet electric by 2037. Alongside the announcement, Khan announced an advanced timeline to see a fully-electric bus fleet by 2034, or perhaps even sooner.
BYD Stories August 5
Tesla is said to have entered into an agreement to buy BYD’s new “blade batteries” in a partnership that not many people would have predicted.
BYD Stories June 2
BYD (Build Your Dreams) has introduced a fully electric Type D school bus, complete with smart technologies like bi-directional charging and advanced safety features. According to the Chinese automaker, its sleek design “will have students wanting to step onboard.” You know, because kids clamor to get to school each morning when they’re on a cool bus.
BYD Stories July 1, 2020
Chinese automaker BYD has been eyeing launching its electric passenger vehicles outside of China for a long time and it is finally starting with the launch of the Tang electric SUV in Norway. expand full story
BYD Stories May 12, 2020
Huawei’s 5G-based HiCar technology is not just another auto infotainment system. It’s more like an interface to the car’s core operating system and a vehicle-to-X channel to the road. HiCar will first appear on the BYD Han EV in June, before arriving in models from about 30 different auto brands.
BYD Stories April 2, 2020
Toyota and BYD are launching today a new electric car company with the goal of “developing BEVs that appeal to customers.” expand full story
BYD Stories November 7, 2019
Toyota has yet to launch an all-electric vehicle, but they have been making a lot of deals to develop batteries for them and now they have one with BYD. expand full story
BYD Stories July 19, 2019
Just days after announcing a Chinese battery deal, Toyota has announced that it will partner with another company, BYD, to develop all-electric cars in China.
BYD Stories February 25, 2019
BYD wants to support its ambitious electric vehicle plans in China with a new battery gigafactory that will be able to produce 20 GWh of battery cells for its electric vehicles. expand full story
BYD Stories June 29, 2018
BYD, China’s largest EV manufacturer, is seeing demand for its electric vehicles increase and wants to secure more battery supply to respond to the demand.
The automaker is now opening a new battery factory and it claims the plant will be the “largest in the world.” expand full story
BYD Stories May 2, 2018
We are getting a lot of electric truck news today. After Nikola Motors suing Tesla Semi and Peterbilt starting its electric truck program, now BYD starts delivering a fleet of all-electric trucks to San Francisco Goodwill at the annual Advanced Clean Transportation (ACT) Expo in Long Beach, CA. expand full story
BYD Stories March 26, 2018
Today, Daimler introduced a new all-electric vehicle under its Denza brand in partnership with BYD in China, where foreign automakers have been accelerating their electrification effort. expand full story
BYD Stories December 14, 2017
After Tesla started taking reservations for its new electric truck, a surprising number of those pre-orders were coming from Canada.
Now we learn that fleet operators and truck drivers in Ontario, Canada’s biggest province, are going to have access to an important incentive. expand full story
BYD Stories November 15, 2017
BYD, a China-based electric vehicle company backed by billionaire Warren Buffett, announced an expansion of its electric truck effort in North America with its first plant in Canada. expand full story
BYD Stories July 27, 2017
Los Angeles Metro and BYD just confirmed that the transportation system, one of the biggest in the US, just confirmed having placed one of the largest electric bus order ever: 60 new 40-ft BYD all-electric buses. expand full story
BYD Stories May 8, 2017
BYD became the world’s biggest electric vehicle maker thanks to its market-leading position in China, which in turn became both the biggest automotive market and electric vehicle market in recent years.
But as the government is reducing its direct EV incentives and shifting to a zero-emission mandate, BYD has taken a hit and saw its sales drop 34% during the last quarter. expand full story
BYD Stories May 4, 2017
While there has been a lot of talk about Tesla venturing into the market of heavy-duty electric vehicles, it’s something its Chinese competitor BYD has been doing for years now. Earlier this year, they delivered a fleet of all-electric trucks to work in yards in California.
Now they deliver their first 60-ft all-electric bus in the US – an impressive machine equipped with an even more impressive battery pack with a capacity of 547 kWh. expand full story
BYD Stories December 26, 2016
China has not only become the biggest automotive market in the world, but also the biggest electric car market in the world. In 2016 alone, the country more than doubled its fleet of electric vehicles to now over 600,000 cars – more than the US or all European countries combined. Yet, you probably haven’t heard much about the electric cars sold in volumes in China.
Here we take a look at 3 of the country’s best-selling all-electric vehicles. expand full story
BYD Stories November 10, 2016
Battery-powered garbage truck. That’s BYD’s, the Chinese electric automaker with an electric bus and truck division in the US, latest product. We are talking about a 3.9-ton battery-powered truck capable of traveling 100 miles on electric range. That’s something.
They unveiled the vehicle (pictured above) in Phoenix today. expand full story
BYD Stories June 28, 2016
A new research report from Lux Research looked into the projected growth of the battery sector for electric vehicles (BEVs and PHEVs) and concluded that the market will rise to $10 Billion in 2020 with six large carmakers led by Tesla accounting for 90% of the demand. expand full story
BYD Stories April 5, 2016
China-based electric vehicle manufacturer BYD announced the launch of the newest versions of its two latest all-electric vehicles: the Qin EV300 and the e5. The company is expanding its price range with these additions to its EV lineup and expects to further its already important lead on the increasingly growingChinese EV market. expand full story
BYD Stories March 21, 2016
Transport for London (TfL) and electric vehicle manufacturer BYD announced last week that the city of London is putting in service its firsts long-range all-electric double-decker buses – picture above.
BYD Stories January 7, 2016
The China-based electric car and bus manufacturer BYD (Build Your Dreams) announced the delivery of the world’s largest electric bus fleet to the city of Shenzhen in China. expand full story
BYD Stories September 4, 2015
The China-based electric car and bus manufacturer BYD (Build Your Dreams) announced today that it won an important request of proposal from Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) for a contract to supply up to 800 electric buses to state transit authorities, agencies, universities, or institutions.
The deal simplifies the procurement process, now any transit agency or public institution in Washington is able to order electric buses from BYD’s selection of 30 to 60 feet battery-powered buses. expand full story
BYD Stories September 2, 2015
Electric vehicles are here to stay, there’s very little doubt about that at this point, but which automakers are making sure that EVs are not a fad, but a trend? A new report from EV-Sales, a website tracking electric vehicle sales through car registration data, compiled the top automotive groups selling EVs in volume. expand full story
BYD Stories March 15, 2015
Uber Inc said on Friday it struck a deal with Chinese automaker BYD Co Ltd to test a fleet of electric cars for its drivers.The test program, which kicked off a few weeks ago in Chicago and could eventually expand to other cities, is the Silicon Valley startup’s first attempt to focus on an electric vehicle, said Uber spokeswoman Lauren Altmin.”We’ve seen interest in the program already from current and potential Chicago partners (drivers),” Altmin said.
Uber, which allows users to summon rides on their smartphones, originally started with a luxury town-car service but in many cities has added UberX, a low frills service with nonprofessional drivers using personal cars. The BYD offering is aimed at those drivers.The electric car is part of Uber’s program to help drivers buy or lease new or used cars. The BYD e6 vehicles are available through Green Wheels USA, a Chicago car dealership that focuses on electric and hybrid cars and also builds EV charging stations.
About 25 BYD vehicles are currently being used by Uber drivers in Chicago, and the hope is to bring that number to a couple of hundred by the end of the year, according to Doug Snower, Green Wheels’ president.
These BYD E6’s have 186 mile city range and are currently used in London and Hong Kong as Taxis. It will be interesting to see how the trial goes. Perhaps the biggest hurdle is the 2 hour charging time which will mean that the drivers might be taking a long-ish lunch.
Still, a great way to test out the market in the US.
BYD Stories December 13, 2013
They sound a little expensive and there certainly needs to be more infrastructure but a good first step.