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Like drowning men the only piece of buoyant in sight, top executives from the beleaguered auto industry in Shanghai this week for the 2009 auto show, their newest brands in the car market in the world that to grow. Some of the show’s are predictable, drawing crowds of and photographers on Monday, media a stunning new Lexus convertible, the Chevy Camaro from Motors (Chinese journalists turns lining up to be photographed in of it) and the worldwide debut of Porsche’s new sedan, the Panamera.

But not all the buzz is generated by muscle cars or of the if you have to ask, you can’t it variety. Crowds also around cars made by a largely unknown outside of the Shenzhen-based firm BYD (Build Dreams). Started as a rechargeable-battery BYD is making a headlong push to a world leader in what analysts believe could be the post internal combustion future: electric cars. the 50 worst cars of all time. )

In fact, from Toyota on nearly every major and a host of minor ones are this week not just but also pure battery-powered No fewer than eight cars in various stages of were put on display by Chinese The reason is straightforward enough: is the world’s fastest-growing auto So far this year, it is also the biggest auto market, sales through the first running at an annualized rate of 11 units, compared with 10 in the U.S. That kind of is why some executives believe China could be the country in electric vehicles move the concept stage to mass

It may become the country that the switch to electric vehicles, Nick Reilly, who heads Pacific for General Motors.

Why is a company with little in the auto industry, viewed as leader of that shift? One is that last September, Hathaway chairman Warren the Oracle of Omaha, paid million to buy a 9.8% stake in At a press conference at the time, Sokol, chairman of MidAmerican Holdings, the Berkshire Hathaway company that made the said he believed that technology was a potential game if we’re serious about carbon-dioxide emissions. BYD has nearly engineers and technicians working on technology at the company’s headquarters in China. (See the history of the car. )

China’s government is the industry’s push toward cars. Large fleet in China, that’s mainly governments and taxi companies now get worth up to $8,800 per vehicle if buy electric. Beijing has also that it will spend billion in grants to help its industry innovate.

Because most Chinese car don’t travel long but rather commute in smoggy, cities, a switch to plug-in vehicles is more plausible in than in other countries.

said, there are many executives who maintain that the has gotten well ahead of There is no infrastructure, in the form of stations, to support pure models. Electric cars now to market are also expensive, more than $20,000 with the subsidy, a stiff in a country where the annual income is less than That’s part of the reason BYD, since introducing a electric in December, has sold 80 of them.


CEO Wang Chuanfu expects BYD will lower the price to $16,000 as the company scales up BYD also makes small cars and is having no trouble them. In March alone, units of the most popular the F5, were sold.

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Even government backing, skeptics say electric cars are not ready for time. From what seen so far, the technology is not advanced in terms of battery range and in terms of recharging, GM’s Reilly. If you look at the they don’t necessarily as well as GM’s electric-car the Volt in those measures.

GM to introduce the Volt in China next year or early in

A senior executive for one of Japan’s automakers says he believes it be 2012 or 2013 before cars gain a foothold on the Much depends on gasoline which are partially controlled by the Will China’s leaders gas taxes to make expensive like plug-in electric more acceptable to consumers? is going to be the tough decision, the says.

It will make the cost of electric models justifiable in the eyes of the buyers, and it help the auto industry be sustainable in China.

While elsewhere tend to shrink legislating higher fuel Beijing may not be as reluctant. I actually it’s more likely to here than in the United says the Japanese executive. car companies are at a technological disadvantage it comes to making internal-combustion but the playing field for all-electric is very nearly level. a concerted push, the Chinese leap ahead of the rest of the

Reilly agrees that means what it says boosting the technology. For that he says, we ought to be very about our competitors here in

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