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December 13, 2008 11:13 AM Subscribe
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AUTO is launching the F3DM
's first mass-produced plug-in hybrid
BYD uses iron-phosphate-based lithium-ion batteries for the F3DM. BYD has said those batteries are "inherently safe" because they are more chemically stable, although they compromise to some extent on the ability to pack energy in each cell, compared with more conventional lithium-ion batteries.
The company's parent is currently the world's largest producer of cellphone batteries. BYD says the car will have a 68 miles (109 km) all-electric range with an auxiliary engine to allow operation in the hybrid mode.