BYD Rival Unveils Electric Car That Lasts 124 Miles Per Charge

Beijing Automotive Industry Holding Corp. (BAIC) and German partner Daimler AG are boasting a new electirc car to compete with Chinese electric car rivals BYD and Chery. The BE701 is a four door sedan capable of reaching 124 miles on a single charge, with a top speed of 100 mph.

BAIC  has not yet revealed a mass-production schedule for the BE701, but has unveiled details of its new clean energy vehicle development and manufacturing facility. This new plant is being built with  a total investment of 2.28 billion yuan ($334 million) and is said to be capable of producing some 50,000 electric vehicles and 100,000 hybrid models each year!

The company has also released details of a new subsidiary, the Beijing New Energy Automotive Company, focused solely on making clean energy vehicles, which anticipates selling between 20,000 to 40,000 green models per year by 2011.  By 2015, the subsidiary is targeting annual sales of 15 billion yuan ($2.2 Bn), or between 5 and 10 per cent of BAIC’s total sales.


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