Somehow it feels like there’s just no American motorshow that passes without BYD showcasing their F3DM plug-in electric hybrid car. The F3 itself we’ve seen many times, appearing first on this blog back in 2005. At that point the F3’s unique selling point was of course the ability for its owner to have either a copy of a Toyota Corolla or a Honda City, depending on what angle you’re looking at the car.
Now, the F3DM variant of the F3 has a plug-in hybrid powertrain! Range per charge for the batteries alone are expected to clock in at 100km. The gasoline engine component is a 1.0 litre unit and when combined with the electric motor, total output is rated at 168 horses and 400Nm of torque.
Anyway this time, BYD’s booth is located right at the corner of the two ‘lanes’ that make up the Electric Avenue. Two units of the F3 is accompanied by one cut-away model which allows us to check out some of the gizmos underneath that allow for the car’s dual-mode hybrid operation. Yes, the F3DM can run on electric power only, meaning it has zero emissions operation. BYD is the same Chinese company which Warren Buffet has invested in.
The full gallery is available after the jump.
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