Chinese battery-maker-turned-auto maker BYD Auto Co. Ltd. showed off a plug-in hybrid-electric vehicle that can travel up to 62 miles (100 km) on battery power and a pure-electric concept last week at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit, boldly declaring it would sell both in North America by 2011. Chairman Wang Chua-fu says BYD’s proprietary lithium-iron battery technology will enable it to leapfrog the rest of the world’s electric vehicles in price and range. The ...

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