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BYD Co makes rechargeable batteries and cars in Shenzhen in Guangdong province. Founded in February 1995, and listed in Hong Kong in 2002, the origin of the company’s name is uncertain, with some saying it could simply be an acronym based on its Chinese name or from the phrase “build your dreams”. BYD’s profile was raised in 2008 when a unit of billionaire Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway invested about US$230 million in BYD.

BYD's California factory rolls out first electric buses

BYD, the Chinese carmaker partly owned by Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway, rolled out the first two electric buses from its factory in California on Monday as it pushes into the United States and Canadian markets.

Wednesday, 30 April, 2014, 1:31am

Shenzhen-based BYD failed to deliver jobs or pay California minimum wage

At the height of the recession, Los Angeles officials spent a year and a half wooing a Chinese hi-tech business to open its North America headquarters in the city, with Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger travelling to China to persuade its executives.

27 Oct 2013 - 6:22am 4 comments

Tesla blaze renews safety concerns with electric cars

When debris on a freeway near Seattle, Washington, pierced the battery of a US$70,000-plus Tesla Model S and touched off a raging fire, it raised new safety concerns for owners of electric cars.

It also caused rare jitters among investors, who of late have viewed Tesla as nearly invincible.

4 Oct 2013 - 2:19pm

BYD profit forecast to plunge in quarter

Shares in Shenzhen carmaker BYD fell 11.8 per cent yesterday after the company forecast its smallest profits in a year next quarter, despite bumper profits in the first half. The stock closed HK$3.80 lower at HK$28.45.

27 Aug 2013 - 4:02am

Tesla hits China speed bump, BYD turns around

A couple of interesting news bits are coming from the new energy vehicle sector, including a potential roadblock into the China market for up-and-coming US player Tesla (Nasdaq: TSLA) and new results from struggling domestic electric car maker BYD (

26 Aug 2013 - 6:21pm

Petrol fuels BYD comeback as sales pick up

Shenzhen-based BYD, best known for electric cars, is in the midst of a revival thanks to traditional petrol-fuelled vehicles. Its car sales jumped 25 per cent to more than 250,000 units in the first six months of this year, outpacing China's overall vehicle market growth rate of 11 per cent.

26 Aug 2013 - 5:14am

Dream cars are electric

BYD, whose initials stand for "Build Your Dreams", has built its dream on becoming China's leader in electric vehicles, the new-energy solution that mainland authorities have chosen to back in hopes of championing a made-in-China answer to both looming shortages of fossil fuels and the environmental challenge posed by a billion-plus people wanting their own set of wheels.

10 Jun 2013 - 4:03am

Electric vehicles: Geely revs up, BYD drives into Hong Kong

New moves by Geely and BYD indicate the EV space is gaining momentum among China's domestic automakers, providing a psychological boost for the sector

21 May 2013 - 9:03am

BYD shares rise as electric taxis hit Hong Kong roads

BYD shares rose as much as 6.3 per cent to HK$35.35 before closing 3.46 per cent ahead at HK$34.40. The stock has gained 48 per cent so far this year.

21 May 2013 - 9:04am

Don't kid yourself that electric taxis are green

Encouraged by the prospect of generous subsidies from the government's HK$300 million "green transport fund", the Hong Kong Taxi & Public Light Bus Association is leasing 45 battery-powered "e6" vehicles from Shenzhen-based manufacturer BYD.

21 May 2013 - 9:04am 15 comments