Discussions to start with developing vehicles and on board batteries

Why is the BYD Company Ltd. (BYD) and Toyota Motor Corporation (Toyota) moving quickly into a joint working relationship? Well, the answer is simple. the global electric car sales finished May 2019 with 180,000 sales for the month, up 12% on May 2018, with market share at 2.3% in May and 2.1% YTD.

Also, 73% of all global electric car sales in May were 100% battery electric vehicles (BEVs), the balance being hybrids.

China electric car sales were a record 104,000 in May 2019, up 2% on May 2018. Electric car market share in China for May was 6.6%. Year-to-date market share is at 5.6%.

This is why both companies announced this week that they have signed an agreement for the joint development of battery electric vehicles (BEVs). The two parties will jointly develop sedans and low-floor SUVs as well as the onboard batteries for these vehicles and others with the aim to launch them in the Chinese market under the Toyota brand in the first half of the 2020s.

BYD was founded in 1995 as a battery business and has grown into a total energy solution company, manufacturing not only electrified vehicles but other products such as large-size energy storage cells.

The company name BYD stands for “Build Your Dreams” and core parts for electrified vehicles such as batteries, motors and power electronics are among the products that BYD develops in-house. In 2008, BYD became the first company in the world to sell mass production of plug-in hybrid electrified vehicles (PHEVs). Since 2015 on wards, BYD’s sales of BEVs and PHEVs have been ranked first in the world for four consecutive years.

In 1997, Toyota became the first company inthe world to launch mass production hybrid electrified vehicles (HEVs). Since then, it has become a pioneer of electrified vehicle development, and accumulated a rich array of technologies and experience in the development,production, and sales of electrified vehicles.

To curb global warming, both BYD and Toyota seek to reduce CO2 emissions by promoting the widespread use of BEVs. To accomplish these goals, both companies believe there is a need to put aside the irrivalry and collaborate; therefore, the two companies have agreed to jointly develop BEVs.

Going forward, BYD and Toyota will make use of the electrified vehicles, and battery development technologies they have acquired through their market introductions and will work together to further develop BEVs that are attractive to customers and in further promoting their widespread adoption.