Green crusaders and consumers looking for an alternative to gasoline power for their vehicles have been clamoring for a green plug-in hybrid for a long time. Several automakers have plans for plug-in hybrid vehicles to come to market in the next few years.
Chevrolet for instance has its Volt extended range electric vehicle set for entry to the market in 2010. However, a Chinese company has grabbed the distinction of being the first carmaker on the planet to offer a mass-produced plug-in hybrid.
The Chinese company is called BYD (Build Your Dreams) and is now selling the F3DM plug-in hybrid in its home country. The vehicle has a full electric range of 60 miles on a full battery. The lithium-ion batteries can be charged fully in seven hours and the battery can be charged to 50% of full capacity in only ten minutes at a special charge station.
In addition to the battery power, the car also sports a 1-liter gasoline engine that charges the batteries for extended driving. BYD founder and chairman Wang Changfu said, "The development of electric-powered vehicles is the best way for the Chinese auto industry to surpass other leading countries."
The F3DM will sell at a price of about $22,000 initially and will be first targeted at government agencies and corporations. American Warren Buffett purchased a 9.9% stake in the company in September, which could mean that the vehicle may find its way to America in the future. Buffett's purchase cost him $230 million.
quote: So... um.. where do you live again??
quote: by rudolphna on December 19, 2008 at 7:24 PM I dunno he has a point. Have you seen the crash test videos/ratings for chinese cars? something like 99% chance of death. Thats not good.
quote: You are an idiot. There are no true communist countries, there were none in the past, there are none now.
quote: Remember when Firestone cut corners and had all those defective tires that killed people and got sued? The bad press reduced sales and the court costs outweighed the profits by a longshot. A ripple of fear was sent over the entire tire industry, immediately reminding other companies how foolish it would be to do the same.
quote: This sequence of events occurs so rapidly that it is virtually impossible to handle most high speed tread separation failures and resulting loss of control of the vehicle. This was demonstrated by tests of Ford Explorers with Firestone tires in which an experienced test driver, who knew the tread was going to separate, lost control and the vehicle rolled over.
quote: To make a long story short, your contention that these kinds of product misrepresentations pay off in a free market is pure nonsense.
quote: When China was economically socialist and Hong Kong wasn't, it was a perfect contrast between the two economic models. People had greater individual control over their lives and money in Hong Kong, so much so that China had to build fences and guard posts to keep people from crossing over.
quote: To cite the milk incident as proof that it wasn't worth it is grossly disproportionate to the complete lack of middle class growth under socialism. And it's a problem with the court system, not the market.
quote: China at the time was worse than HK in living standards, but this does not mean that living standards were worse because it was economically socialist and HK was not.
quote: In all likelihood if you went to China now and tried to get someone to marry you and flashed your green card, I would wager a significantly large proportion of the female population would jump at the opportunity.
quote: Not to sound overly harsh, but I believe you fail to understand at all the economic reforms which touched off the prosperity currently seen in China. If you'd cracked open and read any study or book on China's recent economic history, doesn't matter if it were written from the neo-Marxist perspective or a more classical liberal perspective, they all point to free market reforms made in the 80s and the clear break from the state control which ruled previously. It was absolutely the difference in economic systems that lead to the difference between Hong Kong and the mainland. What you appear to be offering is some revisionist view of history, or perhaps an extremely narrow view of what constitutes a whole economic system.
quote: One would hope that scientists have taken into account all the various other variables before reaching the conclusion that man is the most significant cause of global warming/climate change
quote: That's the nice thing about working outside the US - you can use your first production run for reliability and safety testing and if a major problem pops up, you don't need to worry about lawsuits!
quote: It has a 60 mile rage. Plus it has the option of being gas engine assited and battery assisted similar to the Prius. I don't like to say this but this car is actually more capable than the Volt.
quote: Even with a 1L engine, how much can it cost add a catalytic converter?
quote: Are you seriously trying to 1up Warren Buffets judgement?
quote: Sure, Buffett invested $3 Billion in GE at $22.50 share - today GE is at $16.35...Nobody is perfect!
quote: It will still be better than GM.
quote: GM nearing bankruptcy. Must mean something is wrong about GM.
quote: p.s i'm from the UK, we had British Leyland etc. which was as bad as the Big 3 are in the states now - after decades of government bailouts they finally went bust and the few profitable bits of the company went on and most of the car plants are still going with new owners and new profitable designs. its a tough pill to swallow but the US needs to let some its industrial dead weight die
quote: Chinese vehicles may be like the Japanese or Korean a long time ago, but the Chinese vehicles WILL get better than the American vehicles due to the more strict engineering quality and manufacturing quality control, and no UAW.
quote: JDP ratings mean nothing.
quote: I'm not saying American vehicles are great, but China is in another realm entirely when it comes to quality.
quote: As for Chinese craftsmanship, the Lenovo brand has a reputation as an excellent laptop - though they're not to my taste. They also seem to have this wall that's been around for over two thousand years that can be seen from space.
quote: I saw one catch on fire.
quote: I think American cars are out of picture, at least outside the US.
quote: It's hilarious in concept, but rather worthless anecdotal evidence, the way you've phrased it.
quote: Granted, it was a 25 year old van...
quote: Personally, I wouldn't consider purchasing an American car. It's not for anti-Americanism. Heck, with Obama I already feel a lot less animosity for the states. But rather the reputation of the automotive industry
quote: Simply stating that it's Chinese and therefore apt to be of poor quality is ignorant to say the least.
quote: I don't know why that should have anything to do with your feeling towards the US. Obama hasn't done anything yet, and it's still the same 300 million people in the US as yesterday. However, moving back on topic...
quote: Wouldn't have been funny had it burned down your house. Fortunately, though, it wasn't in the garage, and the only damage was to the vehicle and its contents. The guy started up his van, there was a small explosion in the engine, and within minutes there was a pool of fire under it with a slick of oil making water ineffective at putting it out. Granted, it was a 25 year old van...
quote: The thing about craftsmanship, of any kind, is that you have to pay adequate money for the good stuff. This is the same for Chinese goods as it is for any other.
quote: Personally, I wouldn't consider purchasing an American car.
quote: Chinese-manufactured goods are not known for their safety or craftsmanship. I'm not saying American vehicles are great, but China is in another realm entirely when it comes to quality.
quote: Education in the Western world is FUBAR... big time.
quote: United States annually produces 137,437 engineers with at least a bachelor's degree while India produces 112,000 and China 351,537
quote: India still produces plenty of engineers, nearly 400,000 a year at last count. But their competence has become the issue. A study commissioned by a trade group, the National Association of Software and Service Companies, or Nasscom, found only one in four engineering graduates to be employable. The rest were deficient in the required technical skills, fluency in English or ability to work in a team or deliver basic oral presentations.
quote: China's BYD to deliver molding products to GM Source : gasgoo.com [Posted on Sept 18,2007 at 9:2]Beijing BYD Auto Mould Co. will deliver a batch of auto molding products to General Motors in the near future. The molding products will be shipped to GM's global operations in China, Europe and North America, Chinese media reported today.Earlier this year, BYD Auto has signed a 150 mln yuan (US$19.96 mln) contract with an American molding company and some Chinese molding companies that provide General Motors with high-quality molding products.Prior to the GM contract, Beijing BYD Auto has made auto molding products for Ford's Landrover and Chrysler.
quote: The Chinese automaker has said it will export its F3DM to the United States by 2010. The F3DM electric hybrid model is set to make its global debut at the Detroit auto show next month.
quote: I'm all for the competition.
quote: So am I, until the losing side asks the government for bailout money. Blaming it on economy. Pfff...they were losing money before.
quote: Here's my idea. Replaceable batteries. Running out of charge? Drive into a battery station and get another set.
quote: This shows china is ahead of us technologically