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BYD and CATL to release EV batteries supporting 6C fast charging this year

Chinese battery suppliers are making their wares cheaper and faster. Two of the country’s largest battery-makers have announced plans to release EV batteries supporting 6C fast charging this year. CarNewsChina reports that BYD will launch its Blade 2.0 battery in the second half of the year, and CATL will launch its Qilin 2.0 battery by… Read more »

Congress takes aim at Chinese battery companies, including EV maker BYD

A bill aimed at cutting major Chinese battery manufacturers out of the Department of Homeland Security’s supply chain recently advanced in the US House of Representatives. The Decoupling from Foreign Adversarial Battery Dependence Act, which was sponsored by Congressman Carlos Gimenez (R—Florida), has strong bipartisan support and appears likely to pass. The proposed legislation would… Read more »

BYD introduces two new bus models

Chinese EV maker BYD has introduced its 40-foot BYD B12 and its 45-foot double-decker BYD-UNVI DD13 electric bus models, the latter in collaboration with Spanish bus manufacturer UNVI. The BYD B12 integrates a lithium-iron-phosphate blade battery within the chassis structure. The battery pack has a maximum capacity of 500 kWh. BYD says the 6-in-1 controller… Read more »

As 2023 wanes, legacy automakers fall farther behind Tesla and BYD

Ever since Tesla’s 2003 founding, industry observers (and even the company’s own execs) have been predicting that the giant global automakers would respond to the new company’s challenge, produce their own compelling EVs, and surpass (or perhaps even acquire) the upstart. Two decades later, that scenario seems more unlikely than ever. As Tom Randall writes… Read more »

China’s BYD delivering EVs in Germany

Chinese EVs continue to roll onto the streets of Europe. Xpeng started delivering EVs to Norway in 2020, and today Nordic drivers can choose models from MG, BYD, NIO and Golden Dragon. Now BYD, the world’s largest seller of EVs, is delivering cars to Germany, Europe’s largest auto market, following a 2021 launch in Norway… Read more »

Rental agency Sixt to buy 100,000 BYD EVs for European market

After a decade of talking about renting EVs, major car rental companies (including Hertz) are now starting to place serious orders. This is excellent news, because offering EVs to rental car customers could have a multiplier effect—who’d want to go back to their gas-burner after driving electric for a week? The latest rental giant to… Read more »

BYD and Castrol to collaborate on fluids and greases for EVs

Chinese automaker BYD and bp-owned lubricant company Castrol have signed a three-year collaboration agreement for Castrol ON products, which include fluids and greases designed for EVs. BYD will officially recommend Castrol ON EV Transmission Fluid for its Han EVs, and will use Castrol ON fluids in its EVs. “BYD (China) will promote Castrol ON products… Read more »

Antelope Valley schools to buy 20 BYD electric school buses

California’s Antelope Valley Schools Transportation Agency (AVSTA) has announced plans to buy 20 BYD electric school buses. The buses will be built in Lancaster, California at the BYD Coach & Bus facility by members of the SMART Union. The BYD Type D Battery Electric School Bus has a top speed of 65 miles per hour… Read more »

BYD introduces Type A electric school bus with V2G tech

BYD has introduced a Type A battery-electric school bus that features vehicle-to-grid technology, allowing the vehicle to serve as a power storage resource when it’s not transporting students. Type A school buses are typically used on routes with fewer students, or for transporting students with disabilities. The BYD Type A can seat up to 30,… Read more »