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.
Tesla Motors’ $35,000, 200-mile electric car may not revolutionize the auto industry by itself, but it could serve as a starting point for a long, steady climb to a day when half of the world’s vehicles will be plug-ins.
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