Chinese automaker BYD Co. says it will be rolling out a five-seat battery electric vehicle with a 249-mile range that will hit the streets in the U.S. next year.
BYD’s website says it will be a big vehicle, weighing 4,453 pounds. It is expected to cost “slightly more than $40,000.” Recharge time for its lithium-ion batteries is expected to be between seven and nine hours on regular household current. Permanent magnet synchronous motors will drive the wheels, generating 268 HP and 406 lb-ft of torque.
A bold, gold, open-air coupe may not be the ticket to automotive nirvana for every consumer, but Lexus’ LF-C2 concept car certainly turned heads at the recent Los Angeles Auto Show. What’s more, it may provide a glimpse of the luxury automaker’s future.
A half century ago, cars were still built by people, not robots. Even on some of the country’s longest assembly lines, human workers installed windows, doors, hoods, engines, windshields, and batteries, with no robotic aid.
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