China’s BYD is going out an all out assault on the world EV market, the Shenzhen based company has already spread its fingers out into several key markets but this is the first time that it has established a joint venture focused on producing electric vehicles in overseas markets. BYD have become a pioneer in the electric car range, their first vehicle the BYD F3DM was followed by the BYD E6 and then the group bought a bus manufacturer in which to place its electric technology. BYD’s export plan seems to be focusing largely on its EV technology, especially in Europe and North America where there is a greater demand and greater acceptance of greener vehicles.
BYD, the worldâ€™s largest electric bus manufacturer, will work together withÂ Bulmineral Ltd,Â to manufacture pure electric buses inÂ Breznik,Â Bulgaria. ThisÂ will enableÂ BYDÂ to break intoÂ local markets in Bulgaria and expand to other countries in Europe.
The 12-metre long BYD electric bus is able to run 250 km (155 miles) on a single charge in urban conditions. This allows a travelling range that is sufficient for one whole shift in most cities.Â The core technology of BYD electric buses isÂ BYDâ€™s self-developed Iron-Phosphate battery technology boastingÂ the highest safety, longest service life and most environmentally-friendly rechargeable chemistry . It alsoÂ contains no heavy metals or toxic electrolytes. The accumulated mileage of BYD electric busesÂ inÂ Shenzhen,Â ChinaÂ aloneÂ hasÂ surpassed 11.81Â million kilometers (orÂ 7.33Â million miles) by the end of November 2012.
The establishment of the JV company Auto Group Motors is an significant step for BYD following a number ofÂ dealsÂ andÂ customerÂ demonstrationsÂ for itsÂ pureÂ electric busÂ worldwide.Â Sales have been recorded in China, Netherlands, Finland, Denmark, Canada, Uruguay and the United States, and bus demonstrations have been completedÂ or startedÂ inÂ Spain, Belgium, Hungary,Â Colombia, Chile and Peru .