Behind The Scenes: China’s Leading Electric Car Maker BYD

OCT 25 2018 BY MARK KANE 12

Quick look at the BYD production facility.

The South China Morning Post released a short video about New Energy Vehicle production at BYD and the general market for NEVs in China.

BYD was the biggest manufacturer of plug-in cars in the world in 2015-2017, but this year it will be second after Tesla took the lead.

Anyways, new BYD plug-in cars roll off the assembly line in Shenzhen every 90 seconds. BYD is also producing its own lithium-ion battery cells.

In September 2018, BYD sold in China more than 25,000 plug-in electric cars.

Behind the scenes at BYD Auto: China’s biggest electric vehicle factory

Chinese-owned BYD Auto is the world’s top-selling electric vehicle maker. Inside its factory in Shenzhen, a vehicle rolls off the production line every 90 seconds. China is aiming to be the global leader in electric vehicles, as part of its ambitious “Made in China 2025” initiative. The South China Morning Post got a rare look at BYD’s production line.

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12 Comments on "Behind The Scenes: China’s Leading Electric Car Maker BYD"

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Ed

Many people may not know, BYD started as a battery manufacturer in 1995, the automotive branch was only established around 2002-2003.

Counterpoint

That makes sense considering how well they are doing. Since they are more vertically integrated and have experience putting together batteries, they do not have to struggle with finding battery and electrical suppliers to produce at a sufficient rate, and consequently, they also can avoid significant middle-man markups.

yo

While they don’t have to struggle with finding battery suppliers they are currently struggling with making enough for their own vehicles…
But not to fret they have multiple new battery factories currently under construction…

rey

Problem is “plugins” don’t differentiate from Battery with range extenders and /or Hybrids and Pure BEVs, and BYD has both. But I agree BYD will be a force to reckon with ,once they get the safety and quality sorted out ,look for them to chase Hyundai / Kia in BEVs in the future.

Jon

BYD today is already far ahead and better all around than the Hyundais/Kias when it comes to EVs…

antrik

I’m pretty sure that’s not true. Going just by public specs, BYDs EVs have pretty poor energy efficiency, whereas Hyundai/Kia is excellent on that score.

(I’m also sceptical about quality — but don’t have actual data on that…)

windbourne

correct except for who they are chasing. They are a great deal more expensive than Hundai/Kia.

Dima

It would be great if BYD could start selling outside of China (and not just the buses). There would surely be a large market for them in America and Europe.

antrik

Only if they can offer good quality at a competitive price. So far no Chinese maker has managed that to the best of my knowledge.

Milfan

China’s plugin fleet tops 2.21 million. This year, 541,000 EVs and 181,000 plugin hybrids were sold.

Electrified cargo vehicles — which include trucks, pickups and delivery vans — approached 254,000 last month.

Last month, the Worldwide plugin sales 195,570+ with some sales in Korea & Japan yet to be identified.

Every 3 months from now, we will read news about either Worldwide, China, USA, Europe sales hitting 1 extra million.

Milfan

BYD is smart to combine electric and plugin vehicles. Everyone cannot afford to spend $50,000 on a pure electric vehicle and for them the $30,000 plugin which can still cover the 1st 50 km on plug makes smart choice.

If they can offer all those plugin hybrids as flex fuel vehicles that can run on other liquid fuels like Methanol, Ethanol, then it will be very good. 10% of the motor fuel used in China is Methanol while in USA, its Ethanol.

A flex fuel plugin hybrid can run on electricity for the 1st 50 km and then switch over to lighter cleaner fuel like Methanol, Ethanol for the remaining distance.

antrik

While methanol or ethanol might have lower local emissions I guess, they are not really beneficial in terms of overall environmental impact.

(Also, I’m pretty sure the price difference between BYDs PHEV and BEVs isn’t anywhere near $20,000?)