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BYD Plans Rapid Retail Expansion in Brazil

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Berkshire Hathaway-backed BYD is aiming for rapid expansion of its retail stores across Brazil, as it boosts its sales of automobiles in the country and partners with Santander Bank to offer customers auto financing.

Currently, BYD has nine stores in the Brazilian market. Its local presence is projected to reach 45 cities by the end of 2022 and reach 100 locations by the end of 2023.

Besides vehicles, BYD Brazil also offers customers overall new energy solutions, which include the generation of clean energy by photovoltaic modules manufactured by BYD.

BYD Brazil has signed a strategic partnership with Santander Bank, the leading bank in automotive financing in Brazil. This will furnish one-stop auto financing services for the customers, from credit analysis, and credit approval, to payment options through a fully digital platform. Also, the partnership will benefit the local dealers to manage and grow their business of electric passenger vehicles.

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Disclosure: David Mazor is a freelance writer focusing on Berkshire Hathaway. The author is long in Berkshire Hathaway and BYD, and this article is not a recommendation on whether to buy or sell a stock. The information contained in this article should not be construed as personalized or individualized investment advice. Past performance is no guarantee of future results.

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BYD-Mercedes D9 MPV Sales Go Through The Roof

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Sales of Berkshire Hathaway-backed BYD’s joint venture with Mercedes-Benz, the D9 premium MPV, started deliveries Sunday, and sales are already going through the roof. Presales racked up 30,000 orders for the multipurpose vehicle that they market under the upscale Denza brand.

Engineered and produced in and for the China market, the DENZA brand combines Daimler’s vehicle architecture expertise with BYD’s leading battery technology.

The D9 is offered as both a plug-in hybrid and pure electric vehicle, and the EV boasts a 500KM range.

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Disclosure: David Mazor is a freelance writer focusing on Berkshire Hathaway. The author is long in Berkshire Hathaway and BYD, and this article is not a recommendation on whether to buy or sell a stock. The information contained in this article should not be construed as personalized or individualized investment advice. Past performance is no guarantee of future results.

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BYD Launches EV Sales in India

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Berkshire Hathaway-backed BYD has launched the premium electric SUV, BYD-ATTO 3, India’s First Sporty Born E-SUV.

This marks BYD’s official entry into the Indian passenger vehicle market with its brand mission of “Technological Innovations For A Better Life.”

Equipped with the ultra-safe Blade Battery and the born EV platform (e-Platform 3.0), BYD-ATTO 3 features fast charging from 0% to 80% within 50 mins, a range of 521km according to ARAI tests with a higher battery capacity of 60.48kWh, and a 0-100km/h acceleration time of 7.3s. With a sporty and powerful exterior and rhythmic interior, BYD-ATTO 3 also features L2 Advanced Driving Assistance System (ADAS) BYD Dipilot, 7 airbags, the panoramic sunroof, a 12.8-inch adaptive rotating suspension electronic pad, 360° holographic transparent imaging system, NFC card key, the Vehicle to Load (VTOL) mobile power station and other leading configuration, making this car competitive in the market.

BYD-ATTO 3 is the first model in India built on the e-Platform 3.0, which is designed for the next generation of pure electric vehicles with the Blade Battery, an 8-in-1 electric powertrain, and highly integrated domain controllers. The platform features the world’s first 8-in-1 electric powertrain (with drive motor, motor controller, reducer, onboard charger, DC converter, high-voltage distribution box, vehicle controller, and Battery Management System (BMS) integrated), resulting in a 20% overall size reduction and 15% weight reduction and allowing the overall efficiency to exceed 89%.

BYD-ATTO 3 is powered by the Blade Battery, which passes the nail penetration test, one of the industry’s most rigorous tests for batteries. The battery also emerged unscathed and fully operational after a 46-tonne truck drove over it without exhibiting leakage, deformation, or smoke.

BYD-ATTO 3 features sharp lines and a strong, sporty posture adding to the vigorous aesthetics of the Dragon Face 3.0 design language led by Wolfgang Egger, BYD’s Design Director. Its advanced, intelligent cabin is styled in the spirit of sports and competition. Inspired by the interior design concept of gym and music, BYD-ATTO 3 exhibits passion, energy, and power.

The car is equipped with a panoramic sunroof measuring 1,261 mm long and 849 mm wide with electric slide and anti-pinch features. It also comes standard with a 12.8-inch adaptive rotating suspension electronic pad supporting a 360° holographic transparent imaging system. The panoramic sunroof and imaging system are the largest among cars in the segment.

BYD-ATTO 3 is also equipped with a mobile power station that allows the vehicle to transform into a super mobile power bank. This power station supports power up to 3.3kw, satisfying most needs of high-power electrical appliances.

BYD-ATTO 3 provides intelligent driving systems and multi-sensor layouts with the BYD DiPilot L2 driving assist system. It is also equipped with 7 airbags, a robust steel body structure, and a safety-oriented chassis design.
The car also has other features such as mobile phone wireless charging, one-touch electric control tailgate, NFC card key, an 8-speaker audio system, electric seat adjustment, voice control, LED headlamps, LED rear lights, multi-color gradient ambient lighting that responds to music rhythm, PM 2.5 air filter, CN95 air filter, etc.

Sanjay Gopalakrishnan, Senior Vice President of Electric Passenger Vehicles of BYD India, said, “We are happy to announce the launch of our much-acclaimed electric SUV in India. With proven and innovative technology, we are on track towards building a stronger ecosystem that facilitates EV adoption in our country. The launch of BYD-ATTO 3 is a step towards this mission. We will constantly contribute to building a greener future.”

“BYD has two plants in India covering more than 140,000 sqm with 3,000 employees and a cumulative investment of over $200 million in the country. We are fully committed to India’s goal of achieving net-zero emissions by 2070 and will promote sustainability and zero emissions by introducing pure electric vehicles and the latest technologies. We intend to sell 15,000 units of BYD-ATTO 3 in India over the next year and plan to set up a local manufacturing facility in the due course.” Added by Ketsu Zhang, Executive Director of BYD India.

BYD has 24 showrooms across 21 cities in India and aims to expand to at least 53 showrooms by the end of 2023. Furthermore, BYD India plans to participate in the Auto Expo 2023 and will debut more products and technologies for the Indian market. BYD will continue to leverage technological innovations for a better life, promote sustainable development of society, and implement its “Cool the Earth by 1°C” initiative.

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Disclosure: David Mazor is a freelance writer focusing on Berkshire Hathaway. The author is long in Berkshire Hathaway and BYD, and this article is not a recommendation on whether to buy or sell a stock. The information contained in this article should not be construed as personalized or individualized investment advice. Past performance is no guarantee of future results.

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BYD’s July EV Sales Up 183% Over 2021

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In July 2022, Berkshire Hathaway-backed BYD sold a total of 162,530 new energy vehicles, which includes 162,214 new energy passenger vehicles.

The sales represent a 183% YOY increase from July 2021.

BYD and Berkshire Hathaway

In 2008, Berkshire Hathaway bet on BYD’s potential, purchasing 225 million shares for $232 million. It’s an investment that has paid off handsomely. Berkshire’s original investment of $232 million had grown in value to $7.69 billion as of December 31, 2021.

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Disclosure: David Mazor is a freelance writer focusing on Berkshire Hathaway. The author is long in Berkshire Hathaway and BYD, and this article is not a recommendation on whether to buy or sell a stock. The information contained in this article should not be construed as personalized or individualized investment advice. Past performance is no guarantee of future results.

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BYD Makes Fortune’s Global 500 List

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Berkshire Hathaway-backed BYD, one the world’s leading manufacturers of new energy vehicles, has been named to the Fortune Global 500 list.

Fortune noted that BYD’s aggregate sales increase of 19% is the highest annual growth rate in the list’s history.

BYD’s high-tech enterprise encompasses a product line that includes battery electric automobiles, heavy duty electric vehicles including transit buses and Class 8 trucks, rail transit products including SkyRail, Type D and Type A battery electric school buses, material handling and new energy solutions and electronic devices.

Backed by its innovative technologies, such as the Blade Battery, DM-i super hybrid technology, and the e-platform, BYD sold 730,093 passenger vehicles in 2021, including 593,745 new energy passenger vehicles, with a YoY increase of 231.6%. In the first half of 2022, BYD sold 638,157 new energy passenger vehicles, up 324.8% YoY.

BYD and Berkshire Hathaway

In 2008, Berkshire Hathaway bet on BYD’s potential, purchasing 225 million shares for $232 million. It’s an investment that has paid off handsomely. Berkshire’s original investment of $232 million had grown in value to $7.69 billion as of December 31, 2021.

Disclosure: David Mazor is a freelance writer focusing on Berkshire Hathaway. The author is long in Berkshire Hathaway and BYD, and this article is not a recommendation on whether to buy or sell a stock. The information contained in this article should not be construed as personalized or individualized investment advice. Past performance is no guarantee of future results.

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BYD Enters Japanese Market

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Berkshire Hathaway-backed BYD has announced its entry into the passenger vehicle market in Japan.

The Chinese EV manufacturer is debuting three models – BYD ATTO 3, BYD DOLPHIN and BYD SEAL.

BYD Chairman and President Wang Chuanfu acknowledged BYD’s long relationship with the Japanese market and said he greatly appreciates the opportunity to grow.

“Over the years, BYD has been deeply engaged in the Japanese market and has accumulated a good market and brand foundation through its pure electric buses, energy storage systems, pure electric forklifts and other businesses,” Wang said. “Today, with the support and expectation of consumers, BYD officially hits the new energy passenger vehicle market in Japan. The longest journey starts with a single step, and we greatly cherish this business opportunity. Full of respect and dedication, we are devoted to providing Japanese consumers with leading technologies, excellent products and high-quality services, aiming to deliver an exceptional travel experience.”

BYD and Berkshire Hathaway

In 2008, Berkshire Hathaway bet on BYD’s potential, purchasing 225 million shares for $232 million. It’s an investment that has paid off handsomely. Berkshire’s original investment of $232 million had grown in value to $7.69 billion as of December 31, 2021.

© 2022 David Mazor

Disclosure: David Mazor is a freelance writer focusing on Berkshire Hathaway. The author is long in Berkshire Hathaway and BYD, and this article is not a recommendation on whether to buy or sell a stock. The information contained in this article should not be construed as personalized or individualized investment advice. Past performance is no guarantee of future results.