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Daimler, BYD to Make Electric Car

on May 28, 2010 by Tycho de Feijter

media reports on a deal Daimler and BYD to make electric Strangely, Chinese media nothing yet. It is 10:13 AM now in and all woke up.

It might have to do with the fact that still need government to start with their

That permission is essential, as by the Hummer-misery in Januari. But in this it is about electric cars are, so most believe, not as for the bears and the bees as a Hummer. therefore, is unlikely to be denied.

on the Daimler-BYD deal in this article from Wall journal:

BEIJING—Germany s Daimler AG and China s BYD Co. set up a joint venture Thursday to an all-electric car for the Chinese market, they believe China has the to be among the world s largest for zero-emission vehicles.

Daimler, of luxury-car brand Mercedes-Benz, and one of China s leading battery and makers, are expected to invest a of 600 million yuan ($87.9 in the joint venture, Shenzhen BYD New Technology Co. The money is to be used as capital for the joint venture in the industrial city of Shenzhen.

BYD Wang Chuanfu and Daimler Dieter Zetsche signed a in Beijing Thursday to finalize the Our new joint venture is well to make the most of the vast of electric mobility in China, Mr. said.

Daimler also said that it is aiming to sell at 100,000 Mercedes-Benz vehicles in this year, up from the it sold in 2009. By 2015, sales in China are likely to to 300,000 vehicles a year, the said.

To strengthen and expand its in China, the German company it plans to invest about million, or about $244 to build a plant in Beijing to engines, which will be to power vehicles it produces in

For Daimler, this is a historic because this will be the time ever that we re to produce engines for Mercedes-Benz outside of Germany, Trevor a Beijing-based Daimler spokesman, in an email message. The new engine will be jointly operated Beijing Automotive Industry Co. Daimler s main joint-venture in China.

According to a Daimler executive with the BYD collaboration, the planned car is to be loosely based on the pure-electric system used in BYD s e6, an all-electric car that the Chinese company selling to taxi operators in earlier this year.

The car Thursday will be enhanced Daimler s vehicle-safety and other

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Daimler engineers and designers established a base at a hotel BYD s headquarters in Shenzhen to work with their counterparts at the company, which is partially by Warren Buffett s MidAmerican Holdings Co. in order to come up the joint venture s first car for the new

The Daimler executive familiar the collaboration said Daimler and BYD display a prototype of the jointly car as early as the Paris auto in October.

One reason for the growing in China around all-electric and other heavily electrified such as plug-in electric is the belief that the Chinese will start offering incentives to support private adoption of clean-energy cars.

at Japan s Nissan Motor Co. plans to launch an all-electric car called the Leaf in the U.S. and Japan in December, and in China year, say they expect the government to set purchase incentives of as as 60,000 yuan for electric Chinese news reports said incentives of about yuan to 60,000 yuan are to be announced soon.

Still, even as auto such as BYD s Mr. Wang urge the government to subsidize private of all-electric battery cars, Chinese government officials pointed to reservations about consumer incentives to spur sales.

Why do we need to provide and rebates for wealthy private who would be the first in line to buy cars? That s a question of us in the government are asking, said Jianguo, a senior official at the Development and Reform Commission, s main economic-planning agency, at a in Tianjin last year.

in anticipation of some type of support for private electric-car some auto makers are to launch electric cars in over the next few years, competition for BYD and Daimler.

In addition to Nissan, Mitsubishi Corp. of Japan also to launch all-electric cars in by 2012, while Toyota Corp. of Japan and General Co. of the U.S. are gearing up to test-market hybrid electric cars in soon.

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