China's BYD is gearing up to sell its electric cars in South Korea before the end of 2015.
This news comes via a senior executive at BYD who spoke at the International Electric Vehicle Expo held each May in South Korea.
Per news Agency Xinhua:
Liu Xueliang, BYD's general manager of the Asia-Pacific Region who leads the company's team at the show, believes that South Korea is an ideal country for developing EVs due to its favorable policies and strong public environmental awareness, as well as their understanding of the automotive industry.
Liu told Xinhua they paid great attention to the EV expo, which runs through March 15. "It is not only a good chance for BYD to know more about the South Korean market, but also a great opportunity for South Korean customers, media and the government to know more about the development of EVs in China."
According to him, BYD plans to sell its electric bus to South Korea first. "Public transportation tools consume more energy than private cars, but electric bus will help reduce most of the harmful exhaust emissions."
"Now we are already here in South Korea. We will take solid steps to development the South Korean market," said Liu, adding that BYD is contacting with some local partners to look for ways to promote its EVs in South Korea.
BYD hopes to begin sales as soon as possible in South Korea. BYD is the only Chinese automaker whose shown interest in selling electric cars in South Korea.
One other interesting bit of info was released by BYD. To date, the automaker has sold at least one electric vehicles in 35 countries around the globe.