We guess that, as Americans, we were hoping that the Chevrolet Volt would be the first mass produced plug-in hybrid sold worldwide. But, alas, the Chinese beat us to it.
That’s right, the Chinese.
BYD, a Chinese auto and battery manufacturer, has just introduced its F3DM, the first electric hybrid plug in available to the public in the world. According to the company, it has a range of 100 kilometers when its electric engine is in use and it shifts to a gasoline engine when it runs low on power.
The car’s battery can be charged in nine hours from a standard, common electrical outlet or it can be charged in about an hour using a BYD charging station.
The car is being sold for a retail price of $21,428.
via China View