A History of Building Dreams
Probably the most versatile firm in the whole automotive industry is the BYD Company.
Founded in 1995, BYD's first glorious days didn't start in the automotive business. The proud company began as a battery maker right before finally entering the world of automobile in 2003. During its days in battery-making, the company was noted to have competed against its fellows in China, alongside the Japanese imports.
After ten years, BYD saw its quickest yet biggest growth in its history by capturing more than half of the world's mobile-phone battery market. Consequently, the firm became the largest Chinese manufacturer in all types of rechargeable batteries. The company during this timeline also began to explore beyond their stable battery-making business by adding automobiles and mobile phone components in its portfolio. This was all made possible by the firm's replacement of work performed by machines with inexpensive, local labor which eventually lowered its cost.
Just a year after the 2002 acquisition of Tsinchuan Automobile Co. Ltd, the BYD Automobile Co. Ltd was officially born. At that time when many automakers were sprouting in its homeland, the company still managed to place sixth among the largest companies in terms of sales volume in 2010.
It was in 2016 when BYD unveiled a new venture in the global rail transit when it announced a working monorail prototype dubbed as the "Skyrail." The first public line that was based on that prototype was eventually opened in Yinchuan in 2018. Meanwhile, a significant number of Chinese cities like Guilin, Shantou, Guang'an, and Bengbu all ordered Skyrail lines, with some of which are still in development. In less than a year, a number of cities around the world also followed suit.
In late 2017, another milestone was reached by BYD. During the premier of the government of Ontario, Canada announced that the company would erect a factory in the province to develop electric vehicles. This was on top of the firm's small Canadian office situated in Windsor, Ontario.
Apart from the different ventures that were mentioned above, BYD also dabbled in mobile phone components. This venture was officially added in its now-expanding product line in the early 2000s. Ultimately, this business in particular, the BYD Electronic, was spun off in 2007.
The BYD Company's corporate affairs are currently headquartered in the Pingshan New Area in Longgang District, Shenzhen, Guangdong province. It also has North American headquarters which are all located in Downtown Los Angeles.
To date, BYD has also graced the other markets with some of their sales offices located in various countries.
BYD remains the world's largest supplier of rechargeable Nickel-Cadmium batteries to which it controls 55 percent of the global market's share in producing Li-Ion batteries, besides cellphone chargers and keypads. In this section which puts BYD on the map with its rapid business growth, the company finally expanded into the IT industry where it manufactured OEM products for global electronic brands such Samsung, HUAWEI, Sony, and Nokia.
BYD in the Philippines
BYD officially began its operations in the Philippines in 2012. Under the tutelage of Solar Transport and Automotive Resources Corporation (STAR Corp), which is a part of the Solar Group of Companies, the company has also been exposed to other ventures such as TV channels, hotels, casinos, food, and real estate.
The BYD currently has three dealerships nationwide. These include the ones in Shaw Boulevard in Mandaluyong, North EDSA Quezon City, and in Batangas. Soon, there will be more branches slated to be opened in Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao.
BYD's current product lineup in the Philippines is categorized into three – pure electric, hybrid, and the conventional.
Regarded as one of the longest-range vehicles amongst the purists in the electric segment, the BYD e6 is claimed to be capable of cruising for over 300kms.
The all-electric, 5-deat, 4-door crossover's maim highlight is the brand's in-house Lithium Ion Iron Phosphate (Fe) Battery. It is mated to and is amalgamated to the frame, ultimately enhancing its overall protection and durability.
BYD S1 EV300
Also the hallmark of the BYD S1 EV300 is its battery offerings. The vehicle sports a ternary lithium battery, accompanied by a range of 300km. Accordingly, when the vehicle goes running under the speed of 60km/h, its battery would hold a range to up t0 360km.
Next on its list is the BYD S1EV300's fast charging mode. BYD reveals that with the use of a 40kW fast-charging pile, 80 percent of its battery can be finished in just 30 minutes.
The mid-sized crossover SUV entry from the BYD comes with fully independent suspension and a sought-after 4WD drivetrain which does go from 0 to 100km/h in 4.9 seconds. The vehicle is likewise noted for its advanced dual-mode plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV) feature and its advanced lithium ion phosphate (LiPo) battery.
The Tang channels its speed and strength from both its 2.0-liter turbocharged, dual VT, direct injection engine and its high-powered permanent magnet electromotors.
As part of BYD Global's "Green Mobility" vision, the BYD Qin is easily its most environmentally-sensible hybrid release to date. Part of its charm can be found in its dual-mode system which harnesses an advanced turbocharged engine, besides a powerful electromotor.
The 5-seater subcompact SUV from the BYD is also among the largest entries in its class. This entrant is also commended for its flexibility relative to its responsive powertrain. This versatility can also be found right in its extensive sensor suite, alongside its generous space and luggage area.
Other notable features include its high and stable platform, advanced technology features, and amenities on safety and security.
Easily its most attractive vehicle across all its segments, the BYD S7 comes with a slew of versatile features – from its plush interior right down to its sophisticated 360-degree sensor suite. These are only rivaled by its powerful 4x2 powertrain which delivers authentic sport performance.